May 13: Mets (14-20) @ Cardinals (23-13)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

There was plenty of news while I took some time off over the weekend — from Shelby Miller’s phenomenal performance to Adam Wainwright’s worthy follow up to Jake Westbrook’s move to the disabled list. In conjunction with the latter, the Cardinals have also added lefty John Gast from Triple-A Memphis. Gast, who opened the season with a 32-inning scoreless streak, will make his debut on Tuesday when he starts against the Mets. He is here at Busch Stadium today.

This will be the Mets’ only visit to Busch Stadium this season — and the Cardinals have to feel fortunate that they’ll be missing young right-hander Matt Harvey, whose 1.44 ERA is currently the lowest among all National League starters. Right behind him on that list is Miller with an ERA of 1.58.

The Cardinals enter the series with the best record in the NL and having won nine out of their last 11. The good news doesn’t stop there, either. Chris Carpenter is throwing a bullpen session as I type, further substantiating his attempt to contribute to the Cardinals this season. Both Carpenter and the organization should have a better barometer of the right-hander’s status by the end of this homestand on Sunday.

Also, the Mets announced just a while ago that they had signed recently-released outfielder and former Cardinal, Rick Ankiel. New York is wasting no time getting Ankiel involved, either, as he will bat seventh and start in center field tonight.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Yadier Molina (C)
  6. Jon Jay (CF)
  7. David Freese (3B)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Lance Lynn (RHP)

METS LINEUP:

  1. Mike Baxter (RF)
  2. Daniel Murphy (2B)
  3. David Wright (3B)
  4. Ike Davis (1B)
  5. Lucas Duda (LF)
  6. John Buck (C)
  7. Rick Ankiel (CF)
  8. Ruben Tejada (SS)
  9. Jeremy Hefner (RHP)

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6 Comments

So exciting about Chris Carpenter! Thanks for keeping us updated, Jenifer!

Gast is starting tonight against the Mets? Wow

No, Gast is starting against the Mets on Tuesday.

I hope the Cardinal faithful gave Ank a worthy round of applause. Living in San Diego doesn’t allow me to see many games, though I can’t wait for their upcoming road trip here! Here’s to hoping Carp has some pain free bullpens and maybe help out the club. I’m excited to read about Gast’s MLB debut and I’m certainly glad to know that Mo is allowing the kids to prove their mettle in the bigs. What a great past couple of weeks it has been, as Shelby has inserted himself as not only a potential ROY candidate, but also CY award candidate and co-ace of the staff! I’ll take it as a “5th” starter.

Two questions, Jennifer:

– Is Westbrook’s injury elbow or shoulder? Story says elbow but pitching probables says shoulder.

– Is there any talk about possibly being proactive early and signing Beltran to a one- or two-year extension, considering how well he is playing? I know Tavaras is the future, but who knows what he will bring? Keeping Beltran for another year or two only makes the Cardinals better. Maybe Tavaras can play center next year and we trade Jay.

Thanks! You do such a great job

Westbrook is out with elbow inflammation. To this point, the Cardinals have not approached Beltran with an offer to return. The Cardinals will likely want to see both how Taveras develops in Triple-A this season and also see how Beltran’s health holds up for a full season. Both of those things will give the Cardinals a better feel for whether it would be beneficial to try and bring Beltran back next year.

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