Following the past two games won by the Mets and Cards, it looks as if the "issues" regarding the back end of their respective bullpens may be on track to being resolved to the point of both teams pens’ achieving at least a semblance of respectability.
On the New Yorker's side we saw a stellar effort on Sunday from the committee of LaTroy Hawkins, Brandon Lyon and Scott Rice (who?) combine to hold the Nationals to 1 hit and 1 walk over 2-1/3 innings to back Dillon Gee's 5-2/3 shutout innings before handing it over to closer Bobby Parnell who struck out 2 of the 3 Nats he faced in the ninth to close out his second save of the year as the Mets completed a 2 of 3 series win over the reigning NL East Champions.
On Monday night in our nation's capital the Redbirds got just enough offense to allow manager Mike Matheny to turn to Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal to hold the Nationals in check for an inning and a third following a solid effort from starter Shelby Miller before handing the ball to the club's newest closer option, Edward Mujica, who retired the Nats in order to record his second save of 2013 as the Cards took game one of the series.
Both of these efforts follow several incidents of bullpen implosions from the likes of the Mets' Scott Atchison, Josh Edgin, and Greg Burke, while the Cards saw several Mitchell Boggs failures which led to his losing the closer role.
The Mets welcome "Donnie Baseball" Mattingly and his Dodgers to Citi Field with Clayton Kershaw set to take the ball against the Mets' Jon Niese in the opener of a 3 game set.
The Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright (3-0 in his last three starts) against the Nationals once again as they look to finish out the final two games of this 10 game road trip (well, 9 after a rain out in Pittsburgh last Tuesday) on a positive note. They sit at 4-3 through Monday night's win.