The New York Mets topped the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Tuesday night. After a 2-9 road trip, they start their six-game homestand on a good note. After 100 games played, the Mets are 51-49, only two games over .500, and struggling to keep pace with the hot Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East division.

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Initial Reaction:

Jonathon Niese faced off against Cy Young-caliber Adam Wainwright in the opener of a three-game set. Niese had pitched well all season and didn’t let that change tonight. He got in and out of trouble throughout the night to earn his seventh win of the season.

The Mets offense teed off against Cardinals ace Wainwright, scoring six runs–more than any team has accomplished in one game against him this season. Every player in the starting lineup reached base at least once. Francoeur and Reyes contributed homeruns, while small ball drove in the other three runs.

I’m not surprised that the Mets finally win a game when Jerry Manuel is not managing the team. Dave Jauss is looking very good right now (jokingly).

Positives From The Game:

Frenchy: After Jason Bay was scratched from the lineup due to concussions, Jeff Francoeur made a case for himself Tuesday night hitting a tie-breaking 3-run homerun in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. That’s all the offense needed to sustain a win.

Jonny Be Good: Jonathon Niese went six solid innings, allowing only one run on seven hits and two walks. He only had one strikeout, so wasn’t dominant, but manufactured outs at the most opportune times. This is his first win since July 2nd.

Negatives From The Game:

It was a real team effort tonight. None to speak of.

Interesting Facts:

  • Jeff Francoeur’s first homerun since June 27th.
  • Angel Pagan stole his 23rd base this season, leading the team ahead of Jose Reyes.
  • Despite the Mets struggles as of late, Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to eight games with his sixth inning blast.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to continue their success against the Cardinals Wednesday night at CitiField. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY.

NYM Johan Santana (8-5) 2.79 ERA vs. STL Jamie Garcia (9-4) 2.21 ERA