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Mets vs Cardinals Game Thread: 6/25-6/28

Monday, June 25 7:10 PM ET

STL Mike Maroth, LHP (5-2, 5.06) Cardinals (33-38) @ NYM Jorge Sosa, RHP (6-3, 4.05) Mets (40-32)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: Maroth makes his National League debut at Shea Stadium in the opener of a rematch of last year's NL Championship Series. He was having a bit of a rough year this season, with his walks and homers both up, but the Cardinals are optimistic that they've added a contributor. Maroth has a 3.75 lifetime ERA against NL opponents.

Mets: The Twins used a mixture of well-struck hits and well-placed hits to bury Sosa in merely 3 1/3 innings Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. It was his second straight inadequate start following his eight shutout innings against the Tigers on June 8. Now he faces a team he pitched for last season. Sosa pitched seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals in 2005 while pitching for the Braves
Tuesday, June 26 7:10 PM ET

STL Todd Wellemeyer, RHP (2-1, 6.65) Cardinals (33-38) @ NYM Oliver Perez, LHP (7-6, 3.16) Mets (40-32)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: Sometimes a starter's pitching line doesn't always tell the story, and that was the case for Wellemeyer last time out against the Royals. The big righty went five innings and gave up four runs -- two earned -- while striking out three and not walking a hitter. He suffered some bad luck when he gave up three runs in the first, off an infield hit and two errors. He settled down after that and put together a start to build on.

Mets: Perez didn't fare so well against the Twins on Wednesday. In one of his shortest outings this season, he walked five and allowed four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. The loss to Minnesota was the left-hander's third in the month of June and he'll be looking to get back on track in this start. Perez is 2-5 with a 4.83 ERA in the 11 times he's seen the Cardinals.

Perez Looks to get back on track in game 2 of the series.

Wednesday, June 27 7:10 PM ET

STL Brad Thompson, RHP (5-2, 4.86) Cardinals (33-38) @ NYM Tom Glavine, LHP (6-5, 4.38) Mets (40-32)

Scouting Report:
Cardinals: Thompson was nothing short of outstanding his last time out against the Royals. The righty went seven innings and gave up just one run, which came in the seventh, and he threw just 78 pitches. He's a pitcher that relies on his sinker, and it was working for him against Kansas City. It's still not a certainty that he'll take this spot, but the Cards have few other options and Thompson has been one of their best starters lately.

Mets: After lopsided losses in his two previous starts, Glavine pitched his best game of the season and won for the first time in six starts Friday night against the A's. He pitched into the ninth inning for the first time since his final start of 2005 and matched his season high in strikeouts, five. As a result, career victory No. 300 no longer seems so distant. He's at 295 and -- again -- counting.
Game 3 Tommy Glavine continues towards win number 300.

Thursday, June 28 7:10 PM ET

STL To be announced Cardinals (33-38) @ NYM Orlando Hernandez, RHP (3-3, 2.77) Mets (40-32)

Scouting Report:
Mets: Hernandez was solid on Saturday against Oakland, tossing seven scoreless innings on six hits, but his offense also struggled to put runs on the board. The right-hander struck out seven on the night and walked just one to record the no-decision. He threw a season-high 119 pitches, which may be an issue in this start. He had five days' rest the last time he exceeded 100, this time he's only getting four days. El Duque will look to deliver his first win since the end of May. He beat the Cards the only time he's faced them, garnering a 1.29 ERA in seven innings pitched.
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What a well pitched game from both sides, the Mets take game 1 by the final score of 2-1, thanks to Shawn Green's walk off home run blast. Sosa and Wags pitched lights out!
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Notes: Lo Duca's week up in the air
06/25/2007 8:17 PM ET
By Lauren Kobylarz /

NEW YORK -- Paul Lo Duca will start in the Mets' first game of their four-game series with the Cardinals on Monday night, but the rest of his week is up in the air.
Lo Duca received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine Monday for his aggressive outburst targeted at home-plate umpire Marvin Hudson during the sixth inning of Saturday's game against the A's. The Mets catcher appealed the decision, and will not be held from the lineup for any games until the appeal process is complete.

After Hudson called a strike that put Lo Duca at an 0-2 count, Lo Duca immediately whirled around, eyes bulging, and began screaming and pointing at the umpire, arguing that he thought the pitch was inside. Lo Duca shrugged off manager Willie Randolph's attempts at restraint, and continued his tirade until Hudson ejected him from the game.

Vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball Bob Watson said Lo Duca was suspended for "inappropriate actions."

"I expected the suspension -- maybe not two days, but I understand where they're coming from," Lo Duca said. "We're going to sit down and talk about it and go from there."

Following his ejection, Lo Duca threw his bat, helmet and elbow guard onto the field, then added his shin guards to the pile once he reached the dugout. He also tried to hurl his chest protector, but it did not make it over the dugout railing.

"I've never been in jail, so I guess I'm a good citizen," Lo Duca said. "I messed up. Obviously, I overreacted and that's that. It's over with, and I can't change nothing about it."

With the Mets in the midst of a 15-game stretch without a break, Randolph said that he hopes Lo Duca's appeal will allow him to be on the field during their upcoming stint against the Phillies this weekend.

"I would hope that he would be ready for that series," Randolph said. "We've got a bunch of games in a row. Four games in three days, we'd like him to be available for that."

If Lo Duca's suspension stands, the Mets will be forced to come up with an alternate game plan -- one that probably includes second baseman Jose Valentin. Randolph said he would also have to consider bringing up another catcher from the Minor Leagues to have another option in case Valentin is unable to play.

"He's in the lineup tonight, so if something goes down, we're going to have to make a move," Randolph said. "Valentin's the only backup we have, so I'm sure that whatever decision they make, we'll be prepared. We won't be left short."

Valentin, the son of Puerto Rican catcher Jose Valentin and older brother to Reds catcher Javier Valentin, said he would be ready to fill in if the Mets need him, but would rather have Lo Duca squatting behind the plate. He wouldn't mind avoiding the extra stress on his knees, either, after coming off the disabled list just weeks ago.

"I'll be there to take one for the team," Valentin said. "I'm not worried, but hopefully, that won't happen."

Signings: The Met have signed two more players selected in the 2007 First Year Player Draft -- 22nd-round choice Tyler Vaughn, an infielder from the University of California-Irvine, and infielder Jose Alvarez from Otay Ranch High School (Calif.), selected in the 37th round. The Mets have signed 31 of their their 42 selections. Vaughn is to be assigned to Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League, and Alvarez is to join the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets.

37s are wild: Casey would have been proud. The Mets beat the Yankees, 10-3, at Yankee Stadium two years ago Monday. Each team had a 37-37 record after the game, and the only retired uniform number the two New York clubs have in common is 37. Each retired it for the Ol' Professor.

This date in Mets history -- June 26: One day after hitting for the cycle and driving in two runs at Wrigley Field and one day before he had three runs and three RBIs at Wrigley, Mike Phillips hit a home run and scored three times in the Mets' 10-2 victory against the Cubs on this date in 1976. The Mets outscored the Cubs, 30-9, in the three-game sweep. ... Rusty Staub tied Dave Philley's Major League record with his eighth straight pinch-hit in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies on this date in 1983. ... After two-out singles by Keith Miller and Dave Magadan, Howard Johnson doubled to produce the winning margin in the Mets' 8-6, 11-inning victory against the Cardinals in St. Louis on this date in 1990.

Two years later, Vince Coleman established a club record with four stolen bases in St. Louis against his former team. Coleman matched the record almost one year later, also against the Cardinals. Roger Cedeno, who owns the Mets' single-season record for stolen bases in a season -- 66 in 1999 -- equaled the one-game record the same year. Jose Reyes has stolen three bases in a game five times, but never five.

Coming up: Stage 2 of the four-game series between the Mets and Cardinals happens Tuesday night at 7:10 ET at Shea Stadium with Oliver Perez opposing Todd Wellemeyer.
Pauly looking at 2 games for his outrage.

St. Louis 0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    1 8 2 
NY Mets 0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1    2 3 0 
Standings thru 6/25/07  |  Wrap  |  Gameday  
Taguchi, CF 5 0 1 1 0 2 3 .297 
Miles, SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .312 
Pujols, 1B 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 .300 
Spiezio, 3B 4 0 0 0 1 2 4 .277 
Duncan, LF 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .273 
  Franklin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Schumaker, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220 
  Springer, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Encarnacion, RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 4 .265 
Kennedy, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 1 4 .206 
Bennett, C 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 .234 
Maroth, P 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333 
  Ludwick, LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .241 
Totals 39 1 8 1 4 12 22   

a-Grounded out for Franklin in the 11th.  

2B: Taguchi (10, Sosa).
TB: Taguchi 2; Miles; Pujols; Duncan; Encarnacion; Kennedy; Bennett; Maroth.
RBI: Taguchi (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Miles 2; Kennedy; Spiezio 2.
S: Maroth.
GIDP: Pujols.
Team LOB: 10.

SB: Maroth (1, 2nd base off Smith/Lo Duca), Bennett (1, 3rd base off Smith/Lo Duca).

E: Pujols 2 (6, throw, missed catch).
DP: (Spiezio-Pujols).
Pickoffs: Maroth 2 (Valentin at 1st base, Wright at 1st base).

Reyes, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .319 
Valentin, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .280 
Beltran, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272 
Wright, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .286 
Delgado, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .225 
Lo Duca, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .282 
Green, RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .290 
Gomez, LF 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .279 
Sosa, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .125 
  Smith, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Ledee, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 
  Wagner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 32 2 3 2 2 5 6   

a-Grounded out for Feliciano in the 8th.  

HR: Gomez (2, 3rd inning off Maroth, 0 on, 0 out), Green (7, 11th inning off Springer, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Delgado; Green 4; Gomez 4.
RBI: Gomez (11), Green (27).
GIDP: Lo Duca.
Team LOB: 2.

CS: Valentin (1, 2nd base by Maroth/Bennett), Wright (1, 2nd base by Maroth/Bennett).
PO: Valentin (1st base by Maroth), Wright (1st base by Maroth).

DP: (Reyes-Valentin-Delgado).

Maroth  7.1 2 1 1 2 4 1 4.73 
Franklin  2.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.43 
Springer (L, 3-1) 0.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2.96 
Sosa  6.0 6 1 1 2 5 0 3.79 
Smith  0.2 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.93 
Feliciano  1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.63 
Wagner  2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.89 
Heilman (W, 6-3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.86 

Springer pitched to 1 batter in the 11th.

IBB: Pujols (by Smith).
Pitches-strikes: Maroth 99-59, Franklin 30-18, Springer 6-3, Sosa 101-62, Smith 22-11, Feliciano 12-8, Wagner 30-19, Heilman 13-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maroth 9-7, Franklin 6-1, Springer 0-0, Sosa 6-7, Smith 1-0, Feliciano 2-1, Wagner 1-2, Heilman 1-0.
Batters faced: Maroth 25, Franklin 8, Springer 1, Sosa 25, Smith 5, Feliciano 4, Wagner 6, Heilman 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Feliciano 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Angel Hernandez. 1B: Ted Barrett. 2B: Mark Carlson. 3B: Larry Young.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, R to L.
T: 3:19.
Att: 40,075.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

A happy mets box score for the 4th game in a row.
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I was at this game and shea was a rocking , fun night overall and good times again at shea.
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What a well pitched game from both sides, the Mets take game 1 by the final score of 2-1, thanks to Shawn Green's walk off home run blast. Sosa and Wags pitched lights out!
This sucks.. mainly because Maroth and Franklin pitched lights out too.. Springer gave up his 1st homer of the year.. that's what sucks because he's been one of our best relievers

Oh well tonight basically shows you what team we are.. have a chance to take the lead after Bennetts/Maroth's Double Steal with no outs and cant go ahead.. argh.. this team is frustrating
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Mets 2, Cardinals 1

Shawn Green hits a walk-off home run against the Cardinals in the 11th inning Monday. (Ed Betz/AP)

Shawn Green came through with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning, his seventh blast of the season. Carlos Gomez homered in the third. Jorge Sosa allowed one run in six innings, and Aaron Heilman got the win.
Left-hander Mike Maroth limited the Mets to one run on two hits in 7 1/3 strong innings, striking out four and walking two. Russ Springer allowed the game-winning run in the 11th inning for his first loss of the season.
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Notes: Lo Duca wants his day in court
06/26/2007 8:31 PM ET
By Marty Noble /

NEW YORK -- Paul Lo Duca, a two-game suspension awaiting him, says he expects to be available for the weekend series in Philadelphia. But it could be to his advantage to accept the penalty imposed for his tirade Saturday night and serve it Friday, when the Mets play a day-night doubleheader.
He wouldn't start both games anyway, so, in effect, he could serve two and miss only one.

Lo Duca still wants his day in court.

"I don't know when the hearing is," Lo Duca said. "The only thing I've heard is that they've got six or seven cases before mine. Obviously, I won't be able to go to the hearing because I'll be on the road. I have a representative, and when the hearing is settled, it happens that night. If I decide to serve the two days, I can choose the two days.

"I really feel I should only get one game, but whatever happens, happens."

A step forward: Pedro Martinez was to have thrown in the bullpen in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. But because he felt particularly well, he threw live batting practice -- 45 pitches -- for the first time. Before that news was announced, manager Willie Randolph said, "I just know that he's doing real well, and that's all I need to hear right now. As soon as he gets back, then I'll be happy to welcome him back."

Enough is enough: Bright orange T-shirts were waiting for the players in the clubhouse Tuesday. A circus clown head, printed in blue underneath a Mets logo, is printed on the front of each, and underneath it, the word "enough." The back offers an explanation: "There isn't a top big enough for this circus."

No one in the clubhouse owned up to the T-shirts or what they infer, but players didn't hesitate to try them on for size before batting practice.

Meet the meats: The club has reprised its 1983 promotion and produced another cookbook -- GourMets. Randolph wasn't here for that one.

"I'm a pretty good cook," he said. "My forte is my lasagna, my vegetable lasagna. I don't cook a whole lot, but I love to cook. My wife does, too. It'll raise a lot of money for charity, hopefully, and I had a lot of fun with it.

"And I don't give away my secrets."

Famine and then ... The Mets had no hits between the home runs hit by Carlos Gomez in the third and Shawn Green in the 11th inning and three hits overall. The last time a team won a game of at least 11 innings in which it had three or fewer hits was June 21, 1992. The Giants had three hits -- two in the 11th inning -- and beat the Padres, 1-0, in 11 innings at Candlestick Park.

Step on it: Randolph is pleased and impressed by Gomez's performance thus far, but often points out the rookie outfielder "has a lot to learn." A lesson was delivered Monday night after Gomez's home run. He had "watched" not only the home run, but also the foul home run three pitches earlier. And he strutted around the bases on the home run and was strutting on the foul. The manager advised against such behavior "especially on a foul ball," he said.

Stop, thief: Wright's streak of consecutive successful stolen-base attempts ended at 19 -- 16 this season -- Monday night. He was caught stealing in the seventh inning, though fans will consider it a pickoff. The out was the result of a 1-3-6 rundown. The longest streak in Mets' hiistory is 33, by Kevin McReynolds (1987-89). He was successful in all 21 attempts in 1988.

Southside strikeouts: Billy Wagner struck out four batters in two clean innings Monday night, increasing to 977, his career strikeout total, the third-most by a left-handed pitcher in relief. He passed John Franco (975) and now trails Dan Plesac (990) and Jesse Orosco (1,169). Only Plesac didn't pitch for the Mets.

Of the three Mets, former and current, Franco had the most strikeouts (592), Orosco, in significantly fewer innings with the Mets, had 501. And through Monday night, Wagner has 137 in 1 1/2 seasons.

What does it mean? Victories by relief pitchers generally say more about a team's offensive prowess in late innings than they do about the pitcher. That said, Aaron Heilman led the big leagues in relief victories, six, through Monday night. His record is 6-3. The record of the Mets' bullpen is 12-5.

This date in Mets history -- June 27: The deception began in the final days of June 1976. The Mets were winning; their 13-3 victory against the Cubs in Wrigley Field on this date was the fourth in a sequence of nine that put their record at 43-38 at the season's midpoint. The mid-season flurry and a 20-12 record in September convinced board chairman M. Donald Grant the team was stocked for success. Few changes were made in the ensuring offseason, the first with a reentry draft, and the darkest period in club history began the following summer.

En route to a 10-0 start and an 11-1 record, Terry Leach allowed two runs in eight innings and beat the Phillies at the Vet on this date in 1987. His record was 6-0 and his ERA was 2.14 after the 5-4 victory. ... Dwight Gooden was suspended for violating baseball's substance abuse policy on this date in 1994. He had thrown his final pitch for the Mets three days earlier. ... A year later, Bill Pulsipher gained his first big-league victory, in this third start, pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Mets' 2-0 victory against the Marlins in Miami.

Coming up: Tom Glavine is to take his first run at the 297th victory of his career Wednesday night in the third contest of a four-game series against the Cardinals. Winless Anthony Reyes is the opposing pitcher in the 7:10 p.m. ET game.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glavine goes tommorow and pauly awaits for his hearing when he will get time off.
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