>Cardinals record: 3-0 (3-0-1) Series; 11-5 overall

Cardinals 6, Mets 4
This is one that was a little frustrating to follow at the beginning.  It seems like the Mets scored another run each inning (mostly because they did, one in the 1st and 2nd and two in the 4th).  But the Cards battled back to tie it up with four in the fifth.  And it was handed over to the bullpens after that.  If you told me that this game would come down to the bullpen, it would have chalked it up as a Cardinal loss – after all, the Mets acquired two of the AL’s top closers in the offseason; however, thanks to a misplayed lead off hit in the 8th, the Cards were able to get to Putz, and Franklin was able to notch his third save in three chances.
Player of the game for this one is Ankiel.  Ankiel hasn’t been playing all that well so far this year.  In fact, he’s been the worse outfielder that the Cards have thrown out there; however, he had a break-out game. He was 3-5 with 2 runs, and more importantly, the tie-breaking RBI in the 8th.  Good game overall.  I’m excited to watch the Wednesday night game on ESPN.  It’ll be my first chance to see them on something other than a computer/cell phone screen this year.
Cardinals 5, Mets 2
This is the first game I was able to watch this season.  It aired on ESPN, and I probably caught about 2/3rds of it.  The Cardinals looked really good.  They got base hits when they needed them, they played solid defense, and Pineiro pitched pretty well.
I’m going to turn to Pineiro as the player of the game.  Not only did he go 8 innings and only allow 2 runs (the second of which came after he left the game with a runner on second), he also set down 13 in a row leading up to a ninth inning lead-off double.  He only walked a pair, and didn’t strike out anybody.  But he also did some stuff at the plate, 1-3 with a run scored and a walk.  I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but the run scored was on some really good baserunning where he slid in just under the tag.  All in all, a solid night.
Cardinals 12, Mets 8
Get out the brooms!  The Cardinals officially have their second series sweep of the season after pounding Mets pitching this afternoon, and barely escaping their own pitching getting pounded late.  And, guess what, at the time of this post, the Cardinals are tied with Toronto and Florida for the most wins in the majors right now.  (Hey, I know it’s early, but you have to celebrate what you can when you can.)
Offensive star of the game was El Hombre himself.  Pujols was 3-4 on the day with a walk, 4 runs, 3 RBI’s and 2 homers.  Again, at the time of this post, Pujols was leading the NL with 18 runs, 6 HR’s, 21 RBI’s, and 42 total bases.  Add that to his .315/.435/.611 (BA/OBP/SLG) line, and you’re looking at a two-time MVP building a case for a third trophy.  Yes, I know, it’s early.  Let me dream.
Up next: The Cubbies come into town for a three game set after dropping 2 of 3 to the Reds.  Should be a good series.
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