In April 1986, after losing to the Cardinals in the 1985 pennant race, the Mets traveled to St. Louis and swept a four game series. Tonight the Mets completed a three game sweep at Busch Stadium, making a statement that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Especially with a dominant performance by John Maine (W, 7 innings, 1 hit 2BBs) and nice outings by Burgos and Sele, I think the naysayers will be quieted early this year. I'm not saying they'll run away with it like last year, but I do think the talk about them being "ancient" will be a thing of the past soon.
The Mets shut out the Cardinals 10-0 tonight, scoring all their runs in the 6th 7th and 8th innings. Beltran had a pair of homers and 4 RBIs, Reyes had one homer 3 RBIs and two runs scored, LoDuca had 3 hits, and Alou and Green each had a pair of hits. After watching the opener on ESPN and catching the SNY game coverage last night, tonight was a night for the WFAN broadcast. I listened to a slightly fuzzy call of Beltran's first homer in my car on the way home from class, and listened to the rest on MLB Gameday Audio.
Couldn't script the opening of the 2007 campaign any better. The Mets now head to Atlanta for a three game set starting Friday, but I'm off to New York tomorrow night to see the Home Opener on Monday. Hopefully they'll be 6-0 by the time Keith Hernandez throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea.
Mets (3-0) over Cardinals (0-3), 10-0
Mike V's Met of The Game: John Maine
Braden Looper allowed 3 runs on 8 hits over 6 innings and took the loss.
Jason Isringhausen pitched a perfect ninth inning
Preston Wilson went 0 for 3 with 2 K's, left 3 men on base, and allowed a run to score on a missed sacrifice fly by Julio Franco. This was the third straight night a Cardinals outfielder looked foolish. I think someone should check the lights at Busch.