Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Tommy Edman via Getty Images, Harrison Bader via Patrick Smith - Getty Images, Alex Reyes via Jim Rossol- USA Today, Nolan Arenado via Jeff Roberson AP, Jack Flaherty via Bill Greenblat - UPI, Adam Wainwright via Johnathan Daniel - Getty Images.
The Cards started the week with a 16-12 mark and one game behind the Brewers in the NL Central.
The top of the order is getting on base, and the rest of the order is picking up the pace. Pitching has been a good mix of Starters and Bullpen contributing when needed to get results. The results were a second straight week of a 5-2 record, another weekend series sweep, and a first-place team with the BEST record in the National League.
May 3 vs. New York Mets Cardinals 6 Mets 5
Adam Wainwright pitched 5 and 2/3 to get his first win of the season. After Sailing through the 1st, he ran into trouble in the second. A leadoff Double by Pete Alonzo, Dominic Smith flew out. A single to Kevin Pillar and an intentional walk to Johnathan Villar loaded the bases with one out. Wainwright then hit Thomas Nido with a pitch to bring in the Mets' first run. Jeff McNeil walked with two outs, and the bases loaded to give the Mets their second run. They would get three more in the 3rd inning. Micheal Conforto walked, and Alonzo hit his second Double of the game. After a fielder's choice by Smith, Villar hit a two-run Home Run.
The Cardinals started scoring early themselves. Dylan Carlson drove home, Tommy Edman, with a Sac fly for the Cards' 1st run. They added another in the second on a Harrison Bader Home Run (his second in as many games). St. Louis struck again in the 3rd. After back-to-back singles by Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado took an 0-2 pitch over the wall in left field. Paul DeJong Doubled then was Doubled home by Tyler O'Neill. Wainwright and a quartet of Cardinal relievers kept the Mets' bats silent over 6 innings. While 3 Mets pitchers allowed the cardinals only 2 hits over 5 innings. Alex Reyes pitched the 9th. He walked two, but no runs crossed the plate to earn his 8th save and the Cardinals' 5th win in a row. Record 1-0 overall 17-12 and tied for first place in the NL Central.
May 5 Double Header vs. New York Mets.
After rain forced the cancellation of Tuesday's game, the Cards and Mets met for a regular twin bill. With a Brewers loss on Tuesday, the Cardinals were now 1/2 game up in the NL Central.