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Cardinals Return Favor, Shutout Mets 3-0

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:27 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (10-10) were shutout 3-0 Tuesday night by the St. Louis Cardinals (12-9) at Citi Field in Flushing. After a 2-0 shutout of their own on Monday night, the Mets managed just four hits en route to their second goose egg of the season.

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Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (W, 4-1) was excellent for seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out three and walking none. His night would end abruptly after the seventh inning as he left the game after just 70 pitches with a knee injury.

The Cardinals had a decent offensive night, racking up ten hits while putting together a big fourth inning. After a leadoff walk issued to Matt Holliday, Matt Adams and Yadier Molina both singled to load the bases with no outs. John Jay then singled in Holliday and Molina but the Cards couldn't maximize the damage, as Kolten Wong and Wainwright both hit into fielders choices before a Matt Carpenter strikeout ended the inning.

Holliday would later single home Daniel Descalso in the top of the ninth inning, extending the lead to 3-0. The Mets went down 1-2-3 in the eighth and were unable to cash in on a pair of walks in the ninth drawn against Trevor Rosenthal (SV, 6).

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Mets 101 Game Preview: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:53 PM
By Mike Phillips

Thanks to a strong performance from Jenrry Mejia last night, the New York Mets extended their winning streak to two with a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets (10-9) will look to make it three in a row tonight, as they resume their series with the Cardinals (11-9). First pitch for tonight's contest at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

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Right hander Dillon Gee (1-0, 3.71 ERA) will look for his second consecutive win for the Mets. Gee picked up his first last Wednesday against Arizona, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless for seven innings in a 5-2 Mets victory. The Cardinals will counter with their ace, righty Adam Wainwright (3-1, 1.80 ERA). Wainwright is coming off his best outing of the season, a complete game shutout against the Washington Nationals last Thursday. 

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Eric Young Jr
  2. RF Curtis Granderson
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 2B Daniel Murphy
  5. CF Chris Young
  6. 1B Lucas Duda
  7. C Travis d'Arnaud
  8. SS Omar Quintanilla
  9. SP Dillon Gee

Pre-Game Notes:

  • David Wright carries a 12 game hitting streak into tonight's game.
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Matt Harvey Deletes Twitter Account After Photo Controversy

April 22nd, 2014 at 3:48 PM
By Mike Phillips

There are certain athletes who capture the New York spotlight after they arrive on the scene. The tabloid headlines seemed to follow star athletes such as Joe Namath and Derek Jeter in their primes, and New York Mets' pitcher Matt Harvey appears to be heading towards that class. Harvey, whose sightings during his rehab have become headlines in themselves, caused a stir on Twitter today when he commemorated the six month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery by tweeting a picture of himself giving the camera the middle finger.

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The tweet, which CBS Sports' Mike Axisa captured for this story, has since been deleted. Harvey took matters a step further, deleting his Twitter account a few hours ago. Mets Public Relations director Jay Horwitz took to Twitter (via Andy Martino of the New York Daily News) to address the situation. Horwitz clarified that while the team asked Harvey to delete the photo because they felt it was inappropriate, the Mets did not ask Harvey to delete his entire Twitter account. That choice came from Harvey himself, who seems to have chosen to go dark on social media for a while after running into constant trouble on it.

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Jenrry Mejia Quietly Becoming Most Valuable Member of New York Mets’ Rotation

April 22nd, 2014 at 9:58 AM
By Mike Phillips

Back in spring training, there was a good chance Jenrry Mejia was not going to make the Opening Day roster. Mejia was locked in a three way battle with Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan for the final spot in the New York Mets' starting rotation. Given Manager Terry Collins' preference for veterans and a slow start to the spring, the deck seemed stacked against Mejia. Mejia finished strong to beat out both Lannan and Dice-K for the job, and he has repaid the Mets' faith in him in spades.

'David Wright with Jenrry Mejia Pitching' photo (c) 2010, slgckgc - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Mejia has been by far the most consistent member of the New York Mets' starting rotation early in the season. Mejia is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA on the season, and he has struck out 25 batters in 22.1 innings pitched. The Mets are also 4-0 in games that Mejia has started, showing that Mejia has given them a chance to win the game every time he's taken the ball. Mejia flashed more brilliance last night, holding the St. Louis Cardinals scoreless over 6.2 innings as the Mets won 2-0.

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Mejia, Mets Shutout Cardinals 2-0 in Series Opener

April 22nd, 2014 at 1:08 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (10-9) shutout the St. Louis Cardinals (11-9) in their series opener Monday night with a 2-0 win at Citi Field. Donned in camouflage jerseys, the Mets staff stymied the Redbirds offense all night long, as four pitchers combined for the six-hit shutout.

After a slow start offensively, the Mets took the lead in the third inning on a single by David Wright that scored Eric Young Jr. The RBI was Wright's 11th of the season as the Mets improved to 5-4 when their captain drives in at least one run.

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud drove in the second run of the game in the sixth when he singled in Daniel Murphy to give the Mets a bit of insurance. d'Arnaud finished the night 2-for-4, leading all Met batters, for just his third multi-hit game of the season. The sophomore backstop is now batting .167 on the season with 8 RBI.

Both Mets runs came off of Cardinals starter Tyler Lyons (L, 0-1), who pitched a solid six innings, allowing the two runs (both earned) on six hits and four walks, while also striking out seven.

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