To look on the positive side of things, at least today’s game will be better (from the Cardinal perspective) than yesterday’s was.
The Cardinals ran out perhaps their most potent lineup combination, a lineup that saw Carlos Beltran make his first start in center field, only to see them become a part of history as Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the 50-year history of the New York Mets.
While there was some controversy surrounding a Beltran hit that was called foul, there is no doubt that Santana pitched a stellar game last night, one that will be recalled fondly by Mets fans for generations. However, the afterglow doesn’t last long as the two teams take the field again this afternoon.
St. Louis will hope that Lance Lynn can continue his winning ways and put the Cardinals back on the right track. Lynn, who slid into the rotation when Chris Carpenter went down in spring training, has given them as much or more than the longtime ace could have, leading the National League with eight wins and putting up a 2.54 ERA to go with it. Lynn is coming off of a seven-inning stint against the Atlanta Braves, which saw him give up five hits and two runs while garnering St. Louis’s only win of the series.
Lynn’s experience with the Mets is infinitesimal and can’t be relied on at all, but is presented here for full disclosure.
The Mets are likely to counter with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Dickey’s season has been outstanding on the field after making some news off of it at the beginning of the season with his book Wherever I Wind Up. Dickey is 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA and last time out shut down the Padres over seven and a third innings, giving up a measly three hits.
The Redbirds have seen a bit more of Dickey than the Mets have of Lynn, but it’s still a fairly small sample. Of course, with knuckleballers it always boils down to how the knuckler is working. If it is, they dominate. If not…..
It’s possible the Mets will turn to Jeremy Hefner instead if the weather outlook is not promising. As of now, there are significant chances of rain in the morning hours, tapering off as we approach game time. If Hefner does get the call, he will be making his third start of the year. One of those was in his last outing, as he gave up six hits and three runs in six innings to the Philadelphia Phillies. Hefner has never faced any of the Cardinals.
Game time is set for 3:10 Central Time and can be found on Fox Sports Midwest and KMOX for Cardinal TV and radio and WPIX and WFAN for the corresponding Mets media outlets.
Here are the bloggers scheduled to appear today. A * will indicate when their blog entry has been published and the link will be changed to a direct hop to their post. Play ball!
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
First: Pitchers Hit Eighth*
Second: Cards ‘N Stuff*
Third: I70 Baseball*
Fourth (top): Rally Birds*
Fourth (bottom): STL Sports 360*
Sixth: On The Outside Corner*
Seventh: Aaron Miles’ Fastball*
Eighth (top): Cards Tied For First*
Eighth (bottom): Saint Louis Sports*
Ninth: Balls & Strikes*
Extra innings/Postgame: C70 At The Bat*
NEW YORK METS