Cardinals hope extra work pays off against Mets

Extra work in the batting cage on Friday night yielded positive results for Paul Goldschmidt — as well as a reminder of only one thing. st louis cardinals out of their season-long malaise

Cardinals They will be eyeing their first series win in more than three weeks when they visit on Sunday afternoon New York Mets to conclude the three-game set

Will start for left-hander Matthew Liberatore (1-2, 5.14 ERA) Cardinals against mets Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-3, 5.71)

Cardinals The six-game losing streak ended Saturday afternoon, when Goldschmidt’s two-run, second-inning homer proved the difference in a 5–3 victory.

Goldschmidt also Cardinalswhose fast-paced 6-1 loss Friday night — the game lasted just two hours and one minute — provided the National League MVP with an opportunity to take a few extra swings, even if he lived up to expectations during the St. . St. Louis’ most disappointing season in at least a generation

When Cardinals The second-worst record in the NL at 28-43, Goldschmidt is hitting .287 with 12 homers and 33 RBI, which puts him in line with his average production — a roughly .290 average with more than 30 homers and 100 RBI — – in the last five completed seasons

“They care and that’s the reality of where we are,” Cardinals said manager Oliver Marmol. “The game ends, everyone’s showered and you’ve got last year’s MVP in the cage still taking swings, trying to figure some things out and make sure he can help us the next day.” And it sets an example for the rest of the group.

mets, who snapped their two-game winning streak after going 4-10 in June, would surely love to get a win on Saturday. But he was pleased with the stern example of work ethic that pitcher Kodai Senga provided in the defeat.

Senga gave up four runs – all in the first three innings – but pitched 6 2/3 innings for the team. mets, who is a man in the bullpen, while Drew Smith serves a 10-game suspension for using an illegal substance in Tuesday night’s loss to the New York Yankees. Smith has seven match ban left

“He handled himself well again,” mets Manager Buck Showalter said of Senga, who has lasted at least six innings in five of his last eight starts. “He had a very competitive outing. He got us deep into the game, which is really important (that we) are short in the bullpen. Job well done that gave us that opportunity (Saturday).

Liberatore ignored Monday night’s decision, when he allowed two runs in six innings. Cardinals Lost 4–3 to the San Francisco Giants. they never opposed it mets

Carrasco took the loss last Sunday after giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings. mets‘ a 2–1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA over three career starts. Cardinals

– Field Level Media