Series Summary 8/23-25: Mets vs. Cardinals

Asdrubal Cabrera

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This week, the Cardinals hosted the Mets for a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Mets won two of the games and closed the gap in the National League Wild Card race. As things sit currently, the Mets are 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, which is currently occupied by the Cardinals.

Game One: Mets 7, Cardinals 4 — WP: Robert Gsellman (1-0) LP: Jaime Garcia (10-9) SV: Jeurys Familia (42)

A heavy workload that was handled rather swimmingly and a pair of home runs led the Mets to a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night in the first game of the teams’ three-game series.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese was forced to leave his start after recording one out with a sore left knee, an injury that landed the 29-year-old lefty on the disabled list and prompted him for a surgery to repair a meniscus tear. The Mets’ bullpen, particularly Robert Gsellman, who was making his major-league debut, turned in 26 outs and allowed one earned run.

Gsellman got cleaned up the first inning for Niese and went on to round out the fourth inning for the Mets. Gsellman’s debut outing preceded work from Josh Smoker, Jerry Blevins, Jim Henderson, Addison Reed, and Jeurys Familia, who recorded his 42 save of the season.

As for New York’s offense, they received home runs from Justin Ruggiano and Wilmer Flores, both coming off Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia. Garcia went four innings and was charged with six runs, all earned, including the pair of big flies, as well as run-scoring hits from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Game Two: Cardinals 8, Mets 1 — WP: Carlos Martinez (12-7) LP: Jacob deGrom (7-7)

Nineteen hits and eight dominant innings from Carlos Martinez powered the Cardinals by the Mets on Wednesday, as St. Louis knocked off New York by an 8-1 final score.

The Cardinals recorded twelve of their hits off Mets hurler Jacob deGrom. deGrom was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning, as his pitch count was nearing 100. All players in the Cardinals’ starting lineup — with the exception of leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter — recorded at least two hits. Carpenter, who was moved back to his native first hole on Wednesday, homered to lead off the game, accounting for the first of only two runs needed by Martinez, who flashed dominance over his eight innings of one-run ball.

The Mets’ lone run on Wednesday came in the top of the second on an RBI double off the bat of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera; the hit tied the contest at the time but failed to have much impact on the game’s final outcome.

Notes:

-Mets outfielder Jay Bruce was pulled from the game in the seconding inning with a calf strain. Bruce did not appear in Thursday’s series finale but expects to play over the weekend.

Game Three: Mets 10, Cardinals 6 — WP: Seth Lugo (1-2) LP: Adam Wainwright (9-8)

On the strength of a career night from outfielder Alejandro De Aza, the Mets took the rubber game of their three-game series in St. Louis on Thursday, 10-6.

De Aza notched five RBIs, including three on his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning. De Aza hit the home run off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, whose outing will be remembered with a very up-and-down stat line.

Wainwright was responsible for seven of the Mets’ ten runs, but, with errors in the fourth and fifth frames led to five of those runs, so Wainwright was only charged for a pair.

What’s next?

Mets: The Mets have finished their ten-game roadtrip and will return home to Citi Field to host the Phillies for three games over the weekend.

Cardinals: Interleague action will be coming your way from Busch Stadium, as the Cardinals will place host to the Athletics for a three-game series.

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