Can the Cardinals sweep the Mets?

With a home record of 7-2 in the short season to date, the St. Louis Cardinals are in a position to sweep the visiting New York Mets on Thursday afternoon and in the process, extend their 2009 mark at Busch to eight wins in ten games.

In a match-up of a pair of veterans, Kyle Lohse takes on Livan Hernandez.

Though Livan has an extensive record against the Cardinals, it preceded most of the current St. Louis players. Only Albert Pujols has a decent number of at-bats, but he has struggled at times, with five strikeouts in 31 career ABs facing Livan. Chris Duncan and Brendan Ryan join Pujols with home runs against Hernandez.

Hernandez G/Starts IP W-L ERA WHIP OBA
Career vs. StL 16/16 112 1/3 5-5 4.33 1.42 0.267
2008 vs. StL 0/0
Career at Busch (new) 2/2 14 0-0 1.93 1.21 0.245
Career at Busch (old) 7/7 48 2/3 3-1 4.44 1.46 0.274
Start ’em
Chris Duncan 2-for-3 (.667) 1HR
Ryan Ludwick 1-for-4 (.250) 1K
Albert Pujols 9-for-31 (.290) 1HR, 4BB, 5K
Brendan Ryan 2-for-3 (.667) 1HR
Skip Schumaker 1-for-1 (1.000)
Sit ’em
Khalil Greene 3-for-20 (.150) 1HR, 1BB, 2K
Jason LaRue 2-for-13 (.154) 1BB, 5K
Yadier Molina 2-for-11 (.182)

On the other side, it doesn’t look great at first blush. The Mets have been a problem for Lohse over time, including last season. At least his home record is good. Note that each of the six Mets hitters with nine or more at-bats has at least one home run off Lohse. Carlos Beltran has four.

Lohse G/Starts IP W-L ERA WHIP OBA
Career vs. NYM 6/6 32 1/3 1-2 5.57 1.61 0.307
2008 vs. NYM 2/2 12 1-1 5.25 1.58 0.333
Career at Busch 23/23 154 11-3 3.04 1.09 0.239
Start ’em
Carlos Beltran 18-for-34 (.529) 4HR, 9BB, 5K
Ryan Church 5-for-11 (.455) 1HR, 1BB, 1K
Carlos Delgado 7-for-17 (.412) 1HR, 5BB, 4K
Jose Reyes 4-for-14 (.286) 1HR
Gary Sheffield 3-for-9 (.333) 1HR, 1BB
David Wright 6-for-14 (.429) 1HR, 4K
Sit ’em