Our beloved Mets broke out to a 4-0 lead in the 3rd inning of last night’s match up with Albert Pujols and his Wild Card contending St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in the Gateway City.
As I sat in my customary perch in right field I was moaned at and even had a few of my Cardinal “friends” stop by to whine about how could I let “my” team do this to their Redbirds. My reply was like a recording saying such things as “just wait the “Pelfplosion is coming” and “have you not seen the Mets’ bullpen? you think St. Louis’ bullpen is shaky?” and simple chuckles of laughter.
Of course I’m a diehard Mets fan who has come to enjoy the “baseball” experience here in Sr. Louis and most of these folks know that in reality I (who has attended about 50 or so games this season at Busch), would like nothing better than to see the Cards make the postseason to give this struggling market an economic “shot in the arm.”
When the hometowners managed to score 3 runs in the third against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, I continued to alternately nod and shake my head having seen this Mets team and this pitcher in particular, take a lead and a modicum of success and simply toss it to the wayside in remarkably consistent fashion all year long.
By the time the Cards tied the score at 5 in the 5th inning after the Mets had scored once in the top half of the frame my Cards “friends” were merely smirking at me in recognition of my earlier comments.
After the New Yorkers managed a tally in their half of the 7th thanks to a bases loaded walk to Angel Pagan giving the Mets a 6-5 lead, I knew that Pelfrey was done (having been batted for by Justin Turner) and the bottom half of the 7th began with rookie Josh Stinson taking the hill for the Mets. The young righty promptly retired the first 2 Redbirds before facing Albert Pujols for the 1st time in his young MLB pitching career. Pujols, who has been plodding his way to an 11th consecutive 30 homer, 100 RBI and .300 batting average through assorted injuries while missing little time, greeted the young Met with his third single of the game.
Before the inning was over (and before I could get to the exit gate and past the numerous Cards fans who kept stopping me to “thank” me), Pujols would also garner his 4th single of the night and St. Louis would pepper Stinson and fellow Mets bullpen failures, Tim Byrdak and then DJ Carrasco, for 6 runs on 5 hits and a walk turning a 6-5 deficit into what would eventually result in a 11- 5 victory for the Birds on the Bat. Ah two out rallies. The inning was highlighted not only by the continued failure of the Mets bullpen but by a triple from young Cards outfielder/speedster Adron Chambers who cleared the bases with his 3 bagger to right.
The win allowed the Cards to keep pace with the Braves who shutout the Marlins to maintain their 2-1/2 game edge for the NL’s final playoff spot.
While the Mets loss was of course disappointing, it also put the club on the precipice of a guaranteed under.500 season as they enter tonight’s game at 73-81, a game and a half out of 3rd place behind the Washington Nationals (Yes the Nats) in the NL East.
Despite the loss, yesterday was a good day as I was lucky to get a chance to meet and enjoy lunch with one of our great Mets chat pals and huge Mets and David “Ducky” Wright fan, Kasey @KCMichelle and her mom and Grandma. Thanks guys I really appreciate the chance to meet you fantastic folks.
I’ll return to the ballpark tonight with special pregame on field batting practice access thanks to my pal Carleigh @LetGoMetsGo4 and her hubby, Levi. I’ll be sure to pass on to the Mets the “Thanks” offered to me by the many Cards fans who stopped me on my way out of Busch and even on the train ride home last night. LOL
LET’S GO METS and It’s OK if the CARDS WIN…………..