Jul. 22, 2017
Cardinals Onto Wrigley Field After Split Series Against Mets
St. Louis Cardinals finish their series against the New York Mets, splitting the four games. They close the series with their third walk-off loss on the road to begin the second half.
Cardinals Tommy Pham was the sole provider of runs on the board behind starter Lance Lynn.
Lynn gave up a homer to Lucas Duda in his second, for his one earned run. He only allowed three hits in his six innings, while logging five strikeouts.
Mets Seth Lugo provided quite the match-up between the two. He held the Cardinals scoreless through his first five innings. He gave up his one earned run on the RBI double by Pham in his sixth to tie the score. In the seventh, he had two outs, two hits of his four allowed for two runners on. and Mets manager Terry Collins made a switch to retire their rookie.
Erik Goeddel was called up to face Jedd Gyorko, and got the final out on a pop-up foul ball. He came back in the eighth, one out and Tommy Pham back at the plate. He took a pitch from Goeddel, 3-1 count, and sent the ball sailing out over the left wall for a solo and a Cardinals 2-1 lead.
CARDINALS BULLPEN STUNG AGAIN WITH A WALK-OFF
Brett Cecil, bottom of the eighth, one out as pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores slugs out a solo home run for the second tie in the game. Possible extra innings.
Trevor Rosenthal called to close. Issued a walk, two outs on the board. T.J. Rivera gets the walk-off win on a RBI singled. The Cardinals third walk-off loss in their 3-4 road trip thus far. Mets 3 - Cardinals 2.
NEXT UP ~ THE CHICAGO CUBS AT WRIGLEY FIELD
With the Cardinals now in fourth place (46-49) in the National League Central, they face the second place Cubs (49-45) for three games this weekend. Even though the Cardinals are still under .500, they are hanging close only 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, (52-46), who are hanging on to first place.
Since the second half began, the Cubs are 6-0 in their six games played. They had yesterday off; and, of course the Cardinals did not. Cardinals next day off, 17 day stretch, is not until July 31, the non-waiver trade deadline.
The Cardinals have made no firm indication that they will make any trades, thus far. The Cubs acquired starter Jose Quintana at the beginning of the second half from the Chicago White Sox. News that shocked the MLB and the Chicago area. A trade between the intercity rivals just never happens. The two teams broke the mold and Cubs sent some top prospects to the southside in the trade.
Cardinals will face Quintana in Game Three, Sunday, July 23.
ON THE MOUND THIS AFTERNOON ~
For today's game, 1:20 CST, it will be Cardinals Carlos Martinez (6-8/3.36 ERA) facing Cubs Jake Arrieta (9-7/4.17 ERA).
is 1-0/1.93 ERA/14 IP facing the Cubs this season. However, in July, three game starts he has logged a 6.35 and is 0-2 in his three game starts.
before the break was a solid 4.00+ ERA and is 1-1/3.00 ERA in 12 IP against the Cardinals. However, as many witnessed in Arrieta's 2015 season, his second half was extreme earning him the Cy Young award. This season, indications so far in July, he may be on the same track. For this month, three game starts he is 2-1/1.86 ERA.
With the 'race' so tight in the NL Central, Cardinals-Cubs rivalry begins today. If the Cardinals are truly in this race, they need to bring their power to the hill and to the plate against a Cubs team that seemingly have found their strength from 2016 being the World Series Champs defending their title.
Most of Chicago, in support of the northenders, foresee their team back in the World Series. A very sluggish beginning this season which stunned their fans. Now, beginning the second half with six straight wins, seemingly the "World Series Hangover" laid to rest, the support is back full force.
In my opinion, the Cardinals are not finished and I look for this series to be their proof to begin to turn a corner of their own. Always hard fought games between these two teams whether they are in contention or not. However, the Cardinals have to bring their A+ game into Wrigley. Oh, the fan rivalry is alive; and, probably even stronger now. The Cubs above the Cardinals alone is a thorn in Cardinals' fans side.
We shall see how this series unfolds. Even though Arrieta is showing solid pitching in July, he has still given up 2 HR/4 ER/6 Runs. So he can be hit.