The cardinals will miss the Mets pen. The Braves, who are in first place in the eastern NL, are probably looking forward to seeing this group of ragged murderers who lost the three losses to the Cardinals this weekend.
This time, Chris Flexen, converted to the starting position, was doing the honors with Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, seemingly unavailable.
Flexen, who was on his first outing since his recall of Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, awarded victory to Mets victorious killer Paul DeJong in the eighth inning of a 4-3 loss that precedes a deadly trip in Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia. When the Mets return, their season may be over. Already 7 ¹ / ₂ games behind the Braves in the east of the NL, the Mets will now face three contenders in the playoffs on the road, where they have lost 18 of their last 23 games.
DeJong tormented the Mets (34-37) in this four-game series, leading into the winning series of the first game, coaching the Cardinals until the eighth inning of the second game of the series and offering a decisive margin on Sunday.
DeJong broke a 3-1 slider on the center of the plate for his 13th circuit of the year, while Flexen's EER was 10.80. The training did not do much, having only two singles in the last four rounds.
A day after Noah Syndergaard injured his right hamstring and a few hours after he was placed on the injured list, Jason Vargas came out in the middle of his fourth inning with what he did. team called a left calf cramp.
Vargas awarded two earned runs – both on a home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the first set – in four sets. He was accused of losing a round in the fourth quarter when Adeiny Hechavarria could not manage his throw on what could have been a double game 1-6-3. He allowed one shot, walked three, and took out four.
Wilmer Font, who could be a candidate for the resumption of the rotation, replaced Vargas on the mound and launched well, offering three featherless sleeves, without allowing a hit and staining three.
The Mets responded immediately after Goldschmidt's arrival, scoring a point in the first inning after J.D. Davis had a Dom Smith double with a single by scoring a point. They went ahead in the third, when Hechavarria and Juan Lagares managed races with two consecutive singles. But the Cardinals immediately pulled the line in the fourth quarter, after Vargas had walked the first two batters of the frame.
Dexter Fowler then hit a double that could have been a double game, but Hechavarria could not handle the Vargas throw, charging the bases, the first of his two mistakes. The Cardinals even fired on Yadier Molina's double play and were no longer led.