Cardinals-Mets: Citifield Series Gets Off To A Rough Start

Brian McDowellCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Brendan Ryan #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Beating a big budget team like the Mets is rarely easy, even when most of their roster of potential Hall of Famers is on the disabled list. The Cardnals learned this hard lesson on their first visit to New York's Citifield, as St. Louis went down in defeat, 6-4.  

Todd Wellemeyer, by far the Cards' worst starting pitcher, was battered by the few uninjured Mets' hitters, and most of the Redbirds offense seemed to have trouble figuring out New York's rookie starting pitcher, Tim Redding. Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez earned a mostly uneventful save.

No Cardinal hitter got more than one hit in the game,  Pujols scored a run, but otherwise wasn't too much of a factor. Still, there were a few bright spots for Cardinals fans.  Ludwick hit a two run home-run. Brendan Ryan hit a solo shot, and made a few excellent defensive grabs. No home-runs for the freakishly successful Khalil Greene, although he did keep his surprising hitting streak alive, and managed to score on a single by Schumaker.

Despite this loss, the Cardinals remain on top of the central division. They have three more games to play at Citifield this week. Luckily, Wellemeyer won't be pitching in any of those games. The Cardinals swept the Mets in April, when the battered New York squad was much healthier than it is now. If St. Louis bats can come alive a little bit, I think St. Louis should be able to win three in a row against this team again.