The New York Mets (31-39) faced the St. Louis Cardinals (38-32) tonight for Monday Night Baseball at Busch Stadium. Mets’ rookie Jacob deGrom (0-4) squared off against Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez (0-3) who was starting in place of St. Louis’ ace Adam Wainwright.
What you should know:
DeGrom, in the worst outing of his short Major League career was lit up, lasting only 4.1 innings, allowing six runs, twelve hits and walking two. The Mets bullpen was good tonight, however, as Dana Eveland, Gonzalez Germen and Josh Edgin combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings.
Carlos Martinez would pitch four innings for St. Louis, allowing one run and two hits while walking four. He was replaced to start the fifth by reliever Nick Greenwood, who was impressive, pitching 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out three in his Major League debut.
The Mets would answer back in the third to tie the game with Ruben Tejada scoring on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson, but it wouldn’t stay tied for long, because St. Louis would score in the bottom half of the inning, with Matt Adams driving in Jon Jay.
It would remain 2-1 Cardinals until the bottom of the fifth inning, when St. Louis scored four runs, ending deGrom’s day.
The Mets would score in the top of the eighth inning to make it 6-2 St. Louis, with Chris Young driving in Daniel Murphy, however, the rally would be killed with Lucas Duda striking out, and Matt den Dekker grounding out to to short.
Seth Maness would shut the door in the top of the ninth with a 1,2,3 inning.
> The Mets offense was barren again tonight, only managing five hits off of four Cardinals pitchers.
> Eric Young, Jr. would go 1-4 in his return from the DL
> Curtis Granderson walked and drove in one of the two Mets runs, and is looking better and better each game.
> Jacob deGrom had a rough outing, but the Mets’ bullpen was solid again, allowing zero runs.
> The Mets have lost 13 out of their last 17 games. (sigh)
Final score: Cardinals 6, Mets 2
Winning pitcher: Nick Greenwood (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Jacob deGrom (0-4)
On deck: The Mets look to even the series tomorrow night at Busch Stadium with Jonathon Niese (3-3) facing off against Michael Wacha (4-5).