10 GAMES INTO 2012 !!!
As I prepare for my inaugural 2012 trip to Busch to see the Cards play Cincinnati tonight, I take a quick look at the first 10 games of this fresh new season.
Both my beloved New York Mets and the local St. Louis clubs boast solid 7-3 records at this early juncture.
While sure, most folks looked at the defending Champion Cardinals with some pessimism after the departure of future Hall of Fame manager tony LaRussa and his top henchman, pitching coach Dave Duncan (albeit for personal/family reasons) and the first baseman, I for one am somewhat surprised at the early results posted by Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook and the bulk of this Cards staff considering Adam Wainwright's somewhat less than spectacular outings to date.
The effective pitching along with great production from former Met Carlos Beltran, catcher Yadi Molina, outfielder Matt Holliday and the continued signs of stardom from hometown third baseman David Freese plus young Matt Carpenter’s solid contribution in place of the recently injured Lance Berkman bodes well for another summer of exciting baseball here in the Gateway city.
In New York, the Mets having swept the Braves in their season opening series have managed to compete and win against their Eastern division foes in Philadelphia and Washington despite the loss of superstar shortstop Jose Reyes via free agency.
The pitching anchored by the “early” return of ace Johan Santana from major surgery along with the young arms of Jon Niese and Dillon Gee plus knuckleballer RA Dickey’s continued success has Mets fans a little more enthused about the 2012 season. The bullpen has even shown tremendous potential as Frank Francisco and the middle innings and set up arms have been quietly solid thus far.
Ruben Tejada has provided more than expected production in place of Reyes and David Wright has gotten off to a solid start following a few injury scares. Much is expected from Ike Davis who’s bat started has started to heat up after a frigid start. Contributions from the likes of Scott Hairston and yes even Jason Bay along with solid hitting from Daniel Murphy has propelled the Mets to this remarkable .700 level of winning baseball.
This club is far from a championship caliber performer but it looks at this point as though they a having fun while playing remarkably well.
Here’s to hoping the Mets can keep us fans excited for much of the summer and another summer and fall of excitement here in St. Louis.
LET’S GO METS!!!