The drama was real in a three-game series between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tempers flared and the dramatics were high as the St. Louis Cardinals were able to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets.
Monday – Cardinals 2, Mets 5
A terrific outing from Miles Mikolas was seemingly ruined by some serious errors.
Mikolas pitched seven innings, giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out five. He looked strong and effective on the mound, keeping hitters off-balance with his mix of pitches. It was great to see him have such a dominant performance.
The Cardinals even got a great eighth inning from Genesis Cabrera. He got one strikeout.
The Cardinals got their two runs in the eighth inning. Tyler O’Neill knocked a single to left field scoring Brendan Donovan and Harrison Bader.
The Cardinals took that to the final out of the game when things kind of imploded for the Cards. In fact, it was so ugly, that you’ll want to pay attention to the bad section of this reading.
Tuesday – Cardinals 0, Mets 3
Jordan Hicks looked good through two innings, but couldn’t make it through the third inning after giving up two walks, two hits and two earned runs. He was able to strike out one.
Hicks was removed from the game in the third inning with a right wrist contusion. An x-ray performed showed negative results.
Andre Pallante pitched three innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. Nick Wittgren pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking one and striking out one. Packy Naughton pitched 1.1 innings, giving up one hit.
With the exception of throwing at the head of Pete Alonso, Kodi Whitley had an uneventful inning of work. Aaron Brooks pitched the final inning, giving up two hits, a walk, and one earned run while striking out one.
Cardinals hitters were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. They left eight runners on base. Tommy Edman had two stolen bases in the game.
Mets starter Chris Bassitt earned his third win of the season and is now 3-1. He pitched six innings, giving up three walks, and two hits while striking out six. He caused a bit of a stir with these comments regarding the baseballs being used this season.
Mikolas came back at Bassitt’s remarks saying he’d not experienced the same results, but wanted to remind the pitcher that it is not the baseball’s fault.
According to reporting from Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat, Bassitt possibly didn’t have enough sweat to mix with rosin. “If you’re not comfortable with a ball, don’t throw it. If you toss back 10 in a row, maybe that sends a message.” Mikolas also theorized that perhaps pitchers — not Bassitt, pitchers in general — were reliant on sticky stuff for so long that the art of rubbing up a baseball has gone by the wayside.
Mikolas’ comments make sense but could ultimately stir contempt from some pitchers that could take offense.
Wednesday, Cardinals 10, Mets 5
The Cardinals, thankfully, avoided the sweep on Wednesday afternoon. Steven Matz had a terrible second inning of work but settled down and the offense powered up to help the Cardinals take the final game of the series.
Matz threw four innings, giving up six hits, two walks and four earned runs all in the second inning. He was able to strike out six batters. Jake Woodford ultimately earned the win after going two innings, giving up three hits and one run, while striking out two. Genesis Cabrera pitched two innings and gave up only two hits. Ryan Helsley pitched the final inning, striking out one.
Several aspects of Wednesday’s game will be both discussed in the Good and Ugly sections.
Now, let’s discuss the good, bad, and ugly of this series with the Mets.