— Days Without Shea —

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by Kingman on April 4 at 9:26AM
Braden-Looper-2005-Pitching-Posters.jpg The Cardinals raised their World series flag Monday, then the Mets trounced them 6-1.

Last night, the red birds got their rings. This time, the boys beat them 4-1. El Duque impressed both on the mound with seven strong innings and at the plate, nailing two hits, including a run-scoring double.

All Met pitchers had better hit as well. Last night's 6, 7 and 8 starters went a combined 0 for thirteen. I expect many similar displays of productivity from Alou, Green and Valentin until one of them goes down with an injury or Willie shakes things up (cue Milledge).

Meanwhile, the Mets reconnect with an old friend tonight when Braden Looper makes the start for St. Louis. I am excited to see how the rest of the rotation fares the next three games. Glavine and Hernandez did their part. But how far the Mets go in 2007 hinges on the performances of Maine, Perez, Pelfrey and whoever else inevitably makes some starts this year (Park? Seles? Julio Franco?).

Break out the brooms.

[April 4, 2007 10:31 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dan soles said

This series has been a real statement. Reminds me of '86 when they crushed St. Louis on the road in April and never looked back.

[April 5, 2007 1:58 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Brian said

Did the 86 Mets have two starters over 40 and three unproven starters rounding out their rotation?

They swept the Cardinals, which is definitely a nice way to start the season, but let's not get carried away.

[April 5, 2007 9:15 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

If you subscribe to the theory that 40 is the new 30, then yes the 1986 Mets had some serious holes in their pitching. Bruce Berenyi. Terry Leach. Ed Lynch. Randy Niemann. Meanwhile, El Sid couldn't make it out of the 6th inning most nights. This weekend is the real test, though.

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