Get Ready for the Short But Hard Road Trip to St. Louis—Mike's Preview

Mike KentSenior Writer IApril 19, 2009

Last week the Mets took their first look at Citi field in a regular season game.

I did not go to Citi, but it sounds like Mets fans loved it. Just ask Max Colten about it, or read his article Opening Day at Citi Field: New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres. He has great photos of the place.

The Mets still have one game left in Citi field, but we have already gotten a feel for the place and we have learned about our Mets new home.

David Wright and the rest of the Mets players love the park, and the fans are crazy about it. We are very happy with our new home, we are happy with our Shake Shack and the other restraints we have.

Going on the road.

When thinking of this matchup most people start remembering the 2006 NLCS, as the Card's beat the Mets in seven games and went on to win the World Series, bad memories for Mets fans and good ones for Cardinals fans

The Mets are going to leave their beautiful home and go on the road to St Louis.

The Cardinals may have the best player in baseball on their team in Albert Pujols, if he is not the best player in baseball then he is at least the best player in the NL.

And he is on a hot start to the season, he has hit four home runs and has 14 RBI, it must be because he is on my fantasy team. He is only 29 years old and he already has 323 Home Runs in his career. He has won the MVP two times in his career, and won of those was last year.

He really deserved the MVP in 2006, but Ryan Howard won it. I think that was a wrong call by baseball's MVP voters.

But Albert is not the only first Baseman in baseball that has started the season well, Carlos Delgado has three Home Runs this season and 13 RBI. He has been the second best player on the Mets behind Johan Santana.

But Santana will not be pitching in this series, he pitched on Saturday throwing a great games against the Brewers.

Game One

The Mets will send Oliver Perez to pitch game one of the series.

Last time Perez started he was great, he threw six-inning and only gave up one run and struckout four Padres batters in his first win of the season.

All Mets fans know that there are two Perez's on the Mets, the good one and the bad one. Just because they are in the same body does not mean they are the same person, when Perez is hot nobody can hit against him. He could be unstoppable, and Mets fans would love to see that out of him.

The bad Perez is wild, if he comes out to a bad start the Mets will be in trouble.

The Cardinals will send Joel Pineiro to the mound to face the Mets.

He has started the season well, he has two wins and no loses. Bu his ERA is 5.40 and he only has five strikeouts.

He has had one great start this season and one bad one. On his first start he threw 6.2 innings of two run ball helping the Card's beat Houston. On his second start the D-Backs got to him and he only threw five innings and gave up five runs. But he got the win anyway thanks to help from Chris Duncan and Ryan Ludwick.

Production: The Cards will win this game, sorry Mets fans. The score will be around 6-4

Game Two

The Mets:

It will be John Maine out for the Mets, he has been on a bad start to the season.

In his last start the Padres beat him up at Citi Field, he gave up six runs in five innings on the Mets second lose at their new home.

The Cards:

Adam Wainwright has started the season well, he is 2-0 this season in three starts.

In his last time out the against the Cubs he did not look good, he gave up four runs including a three run home run to Kosuke Fukudome. But once again Chris Duncan saved the game with three RBI in a Card's 7-4 win.

Production:The Mets will win this one, I think that the coaching staff had a lond talk with Johan and that he is going to do well. But it will be close, i think it will end around 3-2.

Game Three

The Mets:

Livan Hernandez is looked great in his first start, he would have been the best starter on the Mets if Santana was not so hot.

But Hernandez did not look so hot on his last start, he gave up four runs in five innings. But the Mets got the win anyway thanks to a walk off hit by Luis Castillo that scored Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield 500th home run.

The Card's:

The Card's dont know yet who they will send out against the Mets in this one. it is P.J. Walters turn in the rotation, but they are not sheer if he will get the start.

Last time P.J's got the start, it was his first MLb start of his career. He did not do very well only throwing four innings and giving up three runs. He did not get the lose but the Card's did in a 8-7 game.

Production: The Card's do not even know who is going to start for them, i think this will be a big Mets win. I say about 7-3 Mets win.

Key player for the Mets: I think the Mets third Baseman David Wright is going to get hot, he will need to do it sometime this season. I am not saying he is not doing well this season, I am just saying that i think he can do better.

Key player for the Card's: I know this may sound cheese, but I think Yadier Molina is the key player of this series for the Card's. We all know Albert, Duncan and Ludwick can hit. They will need a bit help from other guys, and I think that one of those guys is Molina.

Series MVP: My pick is easy, Carlos Beltran is a Cardinals killer. Can't wait to see him in action against the Card's.

So I am saying the Mets will win two out of three, can't wait to hear from those Cardinals fans. They have a great team and if they keep this up I think they may win the NL Center.

I would love to know what you think about this article, please leave a comment and let me know.


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