Mets Vs. Cardinals: New York Drops Series Finale, 5-4

The Mets lost the fourth game of the series with the Cardinals, 5-4, on Monday. New York did win the series, 3-1.

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Mets 6, Cardinals 1: New York Beats St. Louis For Third Straight Time

Jon Neise (4-2) pitched six shutout innings as the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, Sunday. The Mets have now defeated St. Louis in three straight games, allowing only one run in the process. New York goes for the sweep Monday (1:10 p.m. ET) with Dillon Gee on the mound for the Mets and Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals.

The six shutout innings by Neise and one scoreless inning by reliever Bobby Parnell ran New York’s scoreless innings streak against St. Louis to 25 innings. Johan Santana no-hit St. Louis on Friday and R.A. Dickey pitched a shutout on Saturday. The Cardinals finally scored a run in the eighth inning against Elvin Ramirez.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits, including a home run, and three RBI for the Mets on Sunday. Andres Torres had three hits, including a two-run triple for the New York, which has won seven of its last nine games.

Jake Westbrook (4-5) took the loss for St. Louis. He pitched five innings and surrendered five earned runs on nine hits.

The Mets are now 31-23, in a virtual tie with the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins for first place in the National League East.


Current Series

Mets win the series 3-0

Fri 06/01 WP: Johan Santana (3 - 2)
LP: Adam Wainwright (4 - 6)
8 - 0 win
Sat 06/02 WP: R.A. Dickey (8 - 1)
LP: Lance Lynn (8 - 2)
5 - 0 win
Sun 06/03 WP: Jon Niese (4 - 2)
LP: Jake Westbrook (4 - 5)
6 - 1 win

St. Louis Cardinals
@ New York Mets

Monday, Jun 4, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Kyle Lohse vs Dillon Gee

Cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Mets (30-23) Vs. Cardinals (27-26) Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

Things just seem to be going perfect for the New York Mets lately. Not only did the Mets snap a 50-year no-hitter curse but on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN, New York (30-23) is on the brink of taking a 3-0 lead in the four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.

To do so, the Mets will need a strong effort from rookie pitcher Jon Niese (3-2), who struggled in his last outing Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies going just five innings after allowing four runs on two hits and five walks.

Meanwhile, Westbrook has been struggling as well, as he's allowed 19 runs in his last 20 innings.


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St. Louis Cardinals
@ New York Mets

Sunday, Jun 3, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT
Citi Field

Jake Westbrook vs Jon Niese

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Mets Vs. Cardinals: R.A. Dickey Throws Shutout, Mets Win 5-0

It wasn't quite the performance of Johan Santana, who threw the first no-hitter in the history of the New York Mets on Friday night, but Saturday afternoon's starter, R.A. Dickey, pitched quite the gem, himself.

Dicky, who has been surprisingly great in 2012, threw his first complete game shutout of the season. He went nine innings, 100 pitches, allowed seven hits, no walks, and fanned nine St. Louis Cardinals. The performance drops Dickey's ERA to 2.69 on the season and he's now 8-1 in decisions.

The Mets were able to tag the Cardinals pitching staff for five runs (four earned). David Wright hit a solo shot in the eighth inning, to provide extra insurance for Dickey. It was his sixth homer of the season.

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Mets Vs. Cardinals, Game 2: R.A. Dickey Takes Mound As New York Mets Attempt To Follow Johan Santana No-Hitter

How does an MLB team follow one of the greatest nights in franchise history?

The New York Mets will find out Saturday when they host the St. Louis Cardinals one day after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in club history.

R.A. Dickey (7-1, 3.06 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets during the second leg of their four-game set, and he'll have a tough act to follow.


Complete Reaction To Johan Santana's No-Hitter

Santana struck out eight, including David Freese for the game's final out, for the first no-hitter ever by a Mets pitcher.

Dickey has allowed just one run over his last two starts, striking out 21 over that span. Prior to recording double-digit strikeouts in each of his last two outings, the knuckle-baller had managed the feat just once in 114 prior starts.

Lance Lynn (8-1, 2.54 ERA) will get the start for the Cardinals as they look to snap a three-game losing skid.


Current Series

Mets lead the series 1-0

Fri 06/01 WP: Johan Santana (3 - 2)
LP: Adam Wainwright (4 - 6)
8 - 0 win

St. Louis Cardinals
@ New York Mets

Saturday, Jun 2, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Lance Lynn vs R.A. Dickey

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Sun 06/03 8:05 PM EDT
Mon 06/04 1:10 PM EDT

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Johan Santana No-HItter: This Doesn't Seem Real

Leave it to the guy who missed the entire 2011 season and has a surgically-repaired shoulder to put the New York Mets in the history books for something good -- their first no-hitter in franchise history.

It seems like a dream. Eight-thousand-twenty games. Over 50 years of existence. A myriad of wonderful pitchers. And, finally, one feat has been crossed off. Now, the San Diego Padres are the lone team remaining who hasn't had a pitcher toss a no-no.

What makes this all the more unbelievable to me is that I've been alive for about half of the franchise's life -- this will be my 24th year -- and the Mets have been the joke of the league. They've never gotten respect, especially with the New York Yankees in town. I've been able to enjoy three playoff seasons. Luckily, I've only been alive -- witnessing it is probably a bit much - for one no-hitter against: Darryl Kile in 1993. The Amazin's, as a whole, have tossed 18 one-hit games during my lifetime. But only six of them have occurred with one pitcher giving up a hit in the sixth inning or later.

The funny thing is, Santana was far from "perfect" with his stuff in reaching this milestone. He did fan eight, but he also had five walks. Threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 32 batters. Tossed 134 pitches altogether. And when he was "mowing" down the St. Louis Cardinals hitters, I couldn't help but continue my night, with the Mets game on in the background. Why should I divert my full attention to a game that will ultimately end up breaking my heart? So many games and seasons had before. Disappointment is something all Mets fans have gotten accustomed to.

Like all no-hitters/perfect games, there are the pivotal plays that keep the hope alive. Two of those come to mind in this 8-0 win: Carlos Beltran's drive down the third-base line that was erroneously called foul in the sixth inning and Mike Baxter's seventh-inning running grab to rob Yadier Molina.

Before this season began, it was a relevant question to ask whether Santana would even be able to pitch at all this year. With a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP and a strikeout per inning, Santana has proven he's still one of the top pitchers in baseball. Now, he's also enshrined in the baseball record books as a member of the New York Mets. It couldn't have happened to a better guy. Staff ace. Leader. Warrior. Now a record-setter in his 273rd start.

Pinch, me, please: there's actually something to celebrate about the boys from Queens.

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Mets Vs. Cardinals: Reactions To Johan Santana's No-Hitter

Johan Santana has thrown the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, 8-0. Naturally this has inspired a great deal of discussion across the Internet. Enjoy a sample of some of the reactions below, and check back with SB Nation New York for more coverage.

Metsblog has plenty of praise for Santana:

Santana is a true baseball warrior, and I am so very happy he has completed his journey back from such uncertainty, beaten all of the odds and the naysayers, and has put his stamp on baseball history. There is nobody more deserving of this honor – even if Carlos Beltran‘s ground ball was really fair…

Dan Perry at CBS Sports' Eye On Baseball follows up on that thought with video of the call in the sixth inning.

Via the Mets twitter account comes this picture of the board at Citi Field as well as this one of a heavily iced Santana's post game press conference.

SB Nation's Mets Blog Amazin' Avenue points out the lasting implications of Santana's accomplishment:

Never again will Mets fans hear the exact number of games played in franchise history without a no-hitter.

The New York Times has the story as the lead at nytimes.com, but their caption is rubbing some Mets fans the wrong way:

On the night Carlos Beltran returned to New York, the evening belonged to Johan Santana and the type of history the Mets failed to write with Beltran on the team.

After more than 8000 games before the team's first no-hitter, there's likely to be lots of discussion around Johan Santana and the New York Mets. Stick with this Storystream for all the coverage, updates and more.

As always, Amazin' Avenue is your source for quality New York Mets analysis and insight.

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