St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter was 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA last season, but he's off to an uncertain start this season with a 5.73 ERA to go with his 1-0 record. Carpenter allowed seven home runs in the entire 2009 season but has given up five in his first two starts this season. A potential sixth dinger was saved when Colby Rasmus pulled a Scott Rolen blast back over the wall on Opening Day in Cincinnati. Historically, Carpenter hasn't exactly been lights out against the Mets with a 1-4 record and 4.80 ERA. However, new Mets cleanup hitter Jason Bay has only a .083 average against him in 24 at bats, which doesn't bode well.
Mike Pelfrey's excellent performance against Colorado showed what a big difference quality starting pitching can make for the Mets. Now, it's back to the guessing game in terms of what kind of outing Oliver Perez might produce. He's 2-5 with a 4.84 ERA against St. Louis, and Albert Pujols has pounded him in the past, going 11 for 28 with three homers. Perez' first outing of the season produced a 6.35 ERA and a loss, so, there's nowhere to go but up.
If the Mets' Jeff Francoeur gets a hit, it will extend his hitting streak to 10 games to open the season, placing him tied for second on the Mets' all-time list with Darryl Strawberry (1987), Robin Ventura ('99) and David Wright ('09). The record is 14 games to start the 2007 season by Wright.