Cardinals 4, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down
1. RHP Shaun Marcum: It was not pretty or perfect, but Marcum’s outing was by far his best of the year. A few more like that, and the Mets may yet see some return on their $4 million investment.
2. OF Rick Ankiel: The Mets signed Ankiel hoping for an offensive spark, and he gave them one with a game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning. Only problem was, the Mets could not turn that spark into fire.
3. 2B Daniel Murphy: What a sad state of things when Murphy’s 1-for-4 night with a double and a stolen base was the Mets’ third-best individual performance. The Mets need to take better advantage of Murphy’s sudden offensive hot streak.
1. 3B David Wright: Three whiffs at the plate and a critical error on defense made this a bad night for Wright. And when it’s a bad night for Wright, it’s usually a bad night for the Mets.
2. C John Buck: As usual, Buck is the first to admit he shoulda-coulda-woulda corralled Scott Rice’s wild pitch in the seventh. Buck also made an ill-advised stolen base attempt in the fourth inning, though he did single and score later in the game.
3. OF Mike Baxter: Something about the leadoff spot does not mesh with Baxter, who is now 3-for-29 in that role. Baxter’s poor relay throw in the fourth inning also forced Murphy to throw to third instead of home.
Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
RHP Matt Harvey, C John Buck
IF Justin Turner, 3B David Wright
OF Marlon Byrd
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter
OF Juan Lagares, LHP Scott Rice, 2B Daniel Murphy
C Anthony Recker, OF Jordany Valdespin, OF Lucas Duda
LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Brandon Lyon, RHP Scott Atchison, RHP Shaun Marcum
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Dillon Gee
LHP Josh Edgin
1B Ike Davis
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