Carlos Beltran drove in four runs and rookie left-hander John Gast picked up a win in his major league debut, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cruise past the New York Mets 10-4 on Tuesday night.
Center fielder Juan Lagares robbed Andrew McCutchen of a go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning, then pinch-hitter Mike Baxter’s single in the bottom half sent the New York Mets over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Thursday night.
The Mets went 2-3 on last week’s road trip, losing two of three to the Marlins and splitting their rain-shortened two-game set in Atlanta.
Rain has forced the Braves to postpone their game Saturday against the Mets. A makeup date has yet to be determined.
For the first time since 2006, the Mets have won their first two series of the season thanks to Marlon Byrd’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
Marlon Byrd singled home the game-winning run as the Mets won a wild one at Citi Field over the Marlins.
Nothing about the New York Mets on Monday resembled the second half of last season. Then again, opening day has often been their biggest highlight of the year.
Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner each had a poor day in the Mets’ final warmup before Opening Day.
The Mets’ captain made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0-for-3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I needed one team to believe in me, and that was the Mets,” Byrd said. “They believed in me. They brought me in and they trusted me. They’re trusting me to be the player that I was. They’re trusting me to be the clean player that I am.”
The Mets made the first of what might be several minor moves to free up 40-man roster space by trading righty reliever Elvin Ramirez to the Angels for cash on Wednesday night.
When the hard comebacker off the bat of Carlos Beltran (of course it was him) smashed off the right elbow of Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday afternoon, you just had to laugh — to keep from crying.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
The Yankees and Mets are among teams that are interested in outfielder Brennan Boesch, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN insider Jon Heyman.
The Mets’ right-hander was nearly perfect while tossing 4 1/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Harvey’s only baserunner reached on an error. He struck out five batters and threw 35 of 48 pitches for strikes.