The Bottom Line:
— The St. Louis Cardinals (74-63) lost to the New York Mets (65-72) by a score of 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon. They move ahead to two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second slot in the National League wild card race.
— Adam Wainwright (13-12) gave up 5 earned runs and 8 hits over five innings. He recorded 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. He also hit a home run, the first of his season and the sixth of his career.
— Top prospect Shelby Miller made his Major League debut, giving up 0 earned runs and 1 hit over 2 innings. He struck out the side in the seventh inning, giving him 4 strikeouts on the afternoon.
— R.A. Dickey earned his league-leading 18th victory on the season, giving up 2 earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 5 batters on the day.
The turning point in this game was clearly Ike Davis‘s three-run home run in the fifth innings to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Wainwright struggled for his second straight outing after only going 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals last week, but as CardsBlog reported last week, being shut down is not something Mike Matheny is considering.
It was great to finally see Shelby Miller on a big league mound, and he definitely impressed. Though he struggled in the first half of his season down in the Minor Leagues, he has had a tremendous turn around over the last couple months (7-2 in his last ten starts for Memphis). He pitched two very strong innings including striking out the side in the seventh inning. He has a pretty simple windup but was able to locate his pitches pretty effectively. He threw mostly fastballs, but I think as time develops he will feel more comfortable using his secondary pitches which seem to be just as strong.
It was no surprise to see RA Dickey perform against the Cardinals today. He has been sensational all season long and is without a doubt a candidate for the Cy Young award. The knuckleball was as good today as its been all season long as Dickey improved to 3-1 in his career against the Redbirds.
And how bizarre is it that two of these three games had instances in which a player forgot to touch a base? Weird stuff.
What’s Next: The Cardinals have the day off on Thursday and will pick up play again with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. First pitch is at 7:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. As always, pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.