The Mets continued a trend from 2017, where they were unable to win the third game of a series. On Sunday, the Mets failed to complete the sweep of the Cardinals, falling by a 5-1 score.
After two dominating performances from their starting pitchers in the first two games, Steven Matz was unable to keep pace. While he struck out two batters in a scoreless first inning, it was all downhill from there. Matz allowed 3 ER in 4 IP, including two solo homers. A victim of a high pitch count, Matz needed 89 pitches to throw four innings.
Paul DeJong, who terrorized the Mets last year, hit two homers to pace St. Louis’ offense. Marcel Ozuna also hit a solo blast.
After strong offensive days the first two games of the series, the Mets couldn’t mount much of anything against Luke Weaver and the Cardinals’ bullpen. Their only run came on an RBI single in the second by Amed Rosario.
Juan Lagares paced the offense with three hits.