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June 28, 2007
  
Daily Mets Recap: June 28th, 2007
by: David Simons, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Jun 28, 2007 9:26 AM | Filed under: Articles

The Game

“All things end badly, or else they wouldn’t end” – Tom Cruise, Cocktail

The Mets and Cardinals cooperated with Ma Nature to give beat writers an easy assignment last night, finishing up a tidy 2-0 New York victory in fewer than six innings. David Wright hit a two-run homer to right-center in the first; Tom Glavine made it stand up, damn near pitching a no-hitter in the process; Cardinal Anthony “Young” Reyes fell to 0-10. The end.

I think we’ve also seen the end of something else here. I’m not talking about the MVP chances of Jose Reyes, who went 0-for-3 with two hideous strikeouts; the woes of the Met offense, who have 11 hits in three games against the team with the worst ERA in the league, are too vexing to discuss at the moment. No, what we’re seeing the end of is the dynasty put together by the brass over in St. Louis.

Make no mistake, Walt Jocketty and co. have had quite a run. Postseason berths six years out of seven, including a pennant and a World Series title? They’re right up there with the Yankees and Braves this decade. The Mets have never come close to a record like that, not even in the mid-80s when they had a nucleus of young superstars like Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry… but that way madness lies.

Now this year St. Louis is fielding a stinker. Woeful pitching, pitiful hitting; even in baseball’s weakest division, their season is pretty much toast. No problem, Cardinal fan says; we’ve had a ton of injuries but we’ll get ’em next year. Yeah. Where have we heard that before?
Here’s the thing. For all the talk St. Louis gets as a scrappy, spunky, small-market team, they have a pretty high payroll, typically just off the MLB top 10 list. You look at the salaries of the key players and you realize if you haven’t already: These guys are old. Jim Edmonds is 37 and looking every bit of it. Scott Rolen is 32 and still a plus, even if he’s shaky this year. Albert Pujols is allegedly 27, but dogged by rumors he’s actually 29. He’s also got herpes, an incurable disease.

That’s the core, but even the feisty role-playing guys are getting’ up there. David Eckstein and Preston Wilson are 32. Scott Spiezio is 34, officially too old for his ‘rad’ facial hair not to embarrass. So Taguchi looks young, but he turns 50 next week. Actually 38, but you get my drift. Precious few guys in the lineup outside Chris Duncan can expect to get better next year.

Maybe they’ll do it with pitching? True enough, their starting rotation isn’t all that ancient. It isn’t all that good either, though, as we’ve witnessed this year. Dave Duncan is arguably a miracle worker, as evidenced by Jeff Weaver’s 2007 postseason run. But you can’t realistically pencil in “Lightning in a Bottle” for your #3, #4, and #5 starters year-round.

The saving grace for the Cardinals is that they play in a joke of a division – the Comedy Central, ha ha – and they could easily sneak into the postseason with 85 wins any time. And Jocketty is a pretty sharp cookie, no doubt. But the next St. Louis team to do serious damage in October is going to look quite a bit different from this one. Says here Prince Albert should get used to hitting solo homers in meaningless 5-1 snoozers for quite some time.

 

The Haiku

Wright slams one early
And as bullpen options go
Rain beats Schoeneweis

 

The Boxscore

St. Louis AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Taguchi, CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .288
Ludwick, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229
Pujols, 1B 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .298
Encarnacion, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
Rolen, 3B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Bennett, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229
Miles, SS 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .307
Ryan, 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .240
Reyes, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Totals 18 0 1 0 2 1 3  

BATTING
TB: Rolen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ryan.
Team LOB: 2.

BASERUNNING
CS: Pujols (5, 2nd base by Glavine/Lo Duca).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .314
Lo Duca, C 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .281
Beltran, CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .270
Wright, 3B 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 .288
Delgado, 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .223
Green, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Easley, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Gomez, LF 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .270
Glavine, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .321
Totals 16 2 2 2 2 3 7  

BATTING
HR: Wright (13, 1st inning off Reyes, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Lo Duca; Wright 4.
RBI: Wright 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Wright 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lo Duca 2.
S: Glavine.
Team LOB: 3.

 
St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Reyes (L, 0-10) 5.0 2 2 2 2 3 1 6.40
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Glavine (W, 7-5) 6.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 4.12

HBP: Easley (by Reyes).
Pitches-strikes: Reyes 71-47, Glavine 81-44.
Ground outs-fly outs: Reyes 7-5, Glavine 5-11.
Batters faced: Reyes 20, Glavine 20.
Umpires: HP: Mark Carlson. 1B: Larry Young. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Ted Barrett.
Weather: 81 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 1:25 (2:25 delay).
Att: 40,948.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

 

The Credits

Recap by David Simons
Haiku by Howard Megdal


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