Yeah, Wags stunk and Maine was mediocre and Mota was in too long, but you have to give these Cardinals at least a little credit here. How many two-strike hits did these bastards get? Holy crap, the Shea Faithful sure got their fair share of souvenirs with all the foul balls batted into the stands with two strikes. That friggin Eckstein and this Taguchi character were just two of the culprits who made the Mets lives miserable. But dammit if the previously sleeping Giant Pujols didn't wake himself out of a coma by battling with two strikes too.
So if there's one thing I'm nervous about heading into tonights Game 3, it's Pujols. Pujols is 5 for 14 (.357) against Trachs this season, plus 5 walks, though just one extra base hit and no homers. Look for Preston Wilson to be in the lineup tonight, Mookie's stepson is hitting .400 (8 for 20) against Trax, including 3 homeruns. Luckily, Trachs has been pretty successful at keeping the rest of the Redbirds' bats in check for the most part.
Jeff Suppan (12-7, 4.12 ERA) is on the hill for the Cardinals tonight, and if you've been waiting for Valentin to have a breakout night, your best bet might be this evening against Suppan. Valentin, "The Other Jose," has 4 homeruns and 9 RBI's off Suppan in 48 at bats. Meanwhile Delgado's just 6 for 29 (.207), and Beltrans' just 2 for 11 (.182). Dookie however, is 6 for 16 (.375) and Endy Chavez is 5 for 14 (.357). Stats are stats of course, and we'll just have to see how the wind blows tonight.
I really can't complain too much McCarver and Buck. They were atrocious during the regular season FOX games, but their analysis hasn't been horrible thus far in the NLCS. I can only assume this is because Buck has somewhat of a clue about the Cardinals because of his work doing local games for St. Louis. Buck's knowledge about the Cardinals makes the pair 25% more knowledgeable compared to when they normally call a contest between two clubs.
Okay, Lets Go Mets Already!