May 20: Cardinals @ Mets

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (26-13, +4.5 in NL Central), Mets (23-17, E in NL East)

First pitch: 6:10 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Kolten Wong (2B), Matt Carpenter (3B), Matt Holliday (LF), Matt Adams (1B), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Yadier Molina (C), Jason Heyward (RF), Randal Grichuk (CF), Carlos Martinez (RHP)

Mets lineup: Curtis Granderson (RF), Eric Campbell (3B), Lucas Duda (1B), Michael Cuddyer (LF), Daniel Murphy (2B), Wilmer Flores (SS), Juan Lagares (CF), Kevin Plawecki (C), Bartolo Colon (RHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Michael Wacha joins Bartolo Colon and Felix Hernandez as the Majors’ first six-game winners (link)
  • Randal Grichuk could sleep a little easier after a three-hit, three-RBI night (link)
  • Randy Choate provided some comic relief with his first at-bat in 11 years (link)
  • Cards rout Mets with six-run sixth inning on Tuesday (link)
  • John Lackey, Mike Matheny talk out their differences of opinion (link)
  • Lefty Kevin Siegrist rediscovering some of his fastball velocity (link)
  • Preview for Wednesday’s game against the Mets (link)

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Bartolo Colon will surely be tough to hit tonite. Worry about Yadi playing so much, too. Don’t want him to get over-exhausted like Carp did the other day.

Right now it’s 9-0 Cards!! Haley I’m glad you were wrong.Adams starting to hit,Holiday still geting on base and I still love the Heyward trade,he went yard tonight. Yadi may sit tomorrow, although its Gacia’s first start and Yadi may want that game. MM will have think about that one.12:30est time start tomorrow.

I’m glad about Adams, too. And yer’ right. Yadi won’t probably wanna’ sit out with Garcia on the mound. As for Holliday’s streak, reaching base in 40 consecutive games? Definitely uber Impressive!

How the Division Stands thus Far: 5 – 21- 15
St Louis- mildly surprised at the big start out of the gate.Felt that the run scoring would improve over last year,but no.1 at this point is the surprise so far this season
Chicago- the surprise here isn’t that they would be better than last yr., but how fast they’ve jelled as a team.Unlike Milwaukee of last year the Cubs won’t fade,but still second place and a big ‘maybe’: wild card.
Cincinnati- one sore calf muscle of Votto away from a fire sale.Injuries have been an issue for them,but those just seem to depress the team further and the downward slide gets worst.They don’t seem to have the will or the fight to make it happen.The Reds too could run up the white flag sooner rather-than-later.Especially if the price is right for Cueto and a few others.
Pittsburgh- probably the biggest disappointment thus far,maybe in the league.I thought they would be on the Cards heels all season with the Cubs showing a little life.Bet the Pirate fans are wondering the same.Still think they’ll come around,but will it be too little too late.Wild card contender still.
Milwaukee- should of had the fire sale after their first ten games.Now everyone knows how bad AND how old they are so I don’t think they’ll have as many takers as they once thought.

Good synopsis! But there’s enough time left in the season, that anyone could fade (even the Cards)….OR begin a huge winning streak. Plus Injuries can never be anticipated….so I have no guess what the standings will be in another few weeks. Everyone’s pitching is crazy. For example, Aroldis Chapman (106mph) gave up a few runs just recently, when that hadn’t happened in the previous 9 months. Bats run hot & cold, too. Will be quite interested to see what happens July 31. So much still up in the air. Oh, and the rumor-mill says Cueto will likely be traded to Dodgers, as you theorized.

Cueto trade…………never ever count out the Yankees.Dodgers seems like the destination,but New York,if they really want him,will spare no expense.I’ve seen it too often. Cruz is catching today, and I good with it.Hope Garcia can go 5,he has to throw strikes early and get the ump comfortable raising that right arm.

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