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October 15 2006

All of the sudden the Mets are in a tough spot in the NLCS.  After shutting out the Cards in Game 1 of the series, the Cardinals have won two straight including a 5-0 win last night in Game 3.

Jeff Suppan was the hero for the Cards in Game 3, throwing eight shutout innings.  He allowed just three hits and a walk.  Suppan was 6-5 with a 5.83 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star break this season and 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA after it.  Including his two playoff starts he's now been charged with more than three earned runs in just one of his last 11 starts.

The Cardinals jumped out early on Steve Trachsel, getting a two-run triple from Scott Spiezio in the first.  They added three more in a second inning that featured a solo home run by Suppan.  Trachsel didn't make it out of the second inning, but Darren Oliver was huge for the Mets.  Oliver gave them six shutout innings, which should be a huge boost for the Mets pen that still has to play two more games before they get an off day.

Game 4 is tonight.  Righty Anthony Reyes (5-8, 5.06) will go for the Cards against New York lefty Oliver Perez (3-13, 6.55).  Perez started three games against the Cards this season, going 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA.  Pujols was 3-for-6 with two home runs against him.  Reyes has never faced the Mets.

The Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series.  They completed their sweep of the A's yesterday with a 6-3 win and have now won seven straight since dropping game one of ALDS.

Jeremy Bonderman held Oakland to three runs in 6 2/3 innings.  The A's jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Magglio Ordonez tied the game at 3-3 with a solo homer in the sixth and won it with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. 

Polanco was 9-for-17 (.529) in the series.  Craig Monroe 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles and a home run.  Ivan Rodriguez 2-for-16 (.125), Carlos Guillen 3-for-16 (.188).

Milton Bradley went 9-for-18 (.500) with two doubles and two home runs for the A's.  Scutaro 1-for-15 (.067), Thomas 0-for-13 (.000), Swisher 1-for-10 (.100) but walked five times.

Houston Street had to throw 27 pitches before Ordonez ended it on Street's 28th.  Street was the only A's reliever charged with a run in the series.  Blanton, Calero, Gaudin and Kennedy combined to throw 11 scoreless innings while Oakland starters threw to a 7.97 ERA.

In the Arizona Fall League, the Saguaros squared off with the Mesa Solar Sox.  They got a 6-5 win to improve to 2-3.  Gio Gonzalez started for Peoria and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in an inning.  Jason Jaramillo was 0-for-2 but walked three times.

Remember Todd Jones with the Phillies?  It wasn't that long ago.  He was 3-3 with a 4.97 in 25 1/3 innings in 2004 after the Phillies got him in July of that year along with Brad Correll for Josh Hancock and Andy Machado.  If you've blocked it out, a quote you can read here about Ultey and ALCS MVP Polanco may help bring it all back. 

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