Cardinals split series, formulate for KC


 The Cardinals split the four game series with the New York Mets this week. The series featured some elite hitting and pitching performances. While the team readies for Kansas City, I’ll take you through the series the recently passed series. 
 Game one was a crazy one to say the least. The fourteenth inning ‘drag’ ended with smiling Mets fans. New York won the game, 2-1, and took a 1-0 series lead. The whole crazy factor came from the night’s starting pitchers. Matt Harvey and John Lackey faced off. Both of them were fantastic. Harvey threw eight shutout innings and struck out nine. Lackey went through seven innings and allowed just one run. 
 Game two had starts from Jon Niese and Michael Wacha. The game featured an offensive outburst from the Cardinals. Backed by a dominant outing from Michael Wacha and a six-run sixth inning, the ‘birds were able to run away with a 10-2 victory. Wacha went seven innings and allowed only two runs. Daniel Murphy gave the Mets their couple of runs, with a two-run shot, and Randal Grichuk’s 3-5 (two doubles, a triple) night sure helped the Cardinals’ half of the run column. 
  Game three was started by Carlos Martinez and Bartolo Colon. It was much like game two of the series was. The Redbirds had yet another six-run frame and a commanding outing from their starter. They won the ballgame, shutting down out New York, 9-0. Jason Heyward and Matt Adams hit home runs. Carlos Martinez sure stepped up his game, too. Unlike his previous few outings, “El Gallo” was able to take control of the walks he allowed. He surrendered just two bases on balls and allowed only four hits over six and two-thirds innings. 
 Before Thursday’s game, the Cardinals optioned Samuel Tuivailala to Triple-A and replaced his roster spot with left-hander Jaime Garcia. 
 Game four was the finale of this series. It featured starts from Jacob deGrom and Jaime Garcia. Jaime was taking his shot at the unfilled rotation spot. The Mets won the ballgame backed by great pitching and a impressive day from Lucas Duda. Duda hit two homers en route to a 5-0 victory. Despite taking the loss, Jaime Garcia was stunning in his outing. He went seven innings and allowed only a couple of runs. I don’t care about the numbers he puts up near as much as I care about how he is feeling tomorrow. If he is feeling alright, he should make the next start! 
 The Cardinals will roll in to Kansas City, Missouri to take on their interstate rivals, the Kansas City Royals. St. Louis will send Lance Lynn to the mound to take on Chris Young Friday night.

Thank you for reading! 

Twitter: @Curtis_Josey 

The photo can be found on the Cardinals’ official Twitter account, @Cardinals. 



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