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.