8:05 PM ET, April 1, 2007
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
• Summary: St. Louis celebrated its championship, but Tom Glavine allowed one run and six hits in six innings while Carlos Delgado provided the Mets with all the offense they would need to beat Chris Carpenter and the Cards.
• Turning point: Reliever Aaron Heilman got Scott Rolen to hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the eighth and quiet St. Louis for good.
• Unsung hero: Paul Lo Duca sparked the Mets offensively and defensively, contributing three RBIs and making a tag at the plate to curb a potential sixth-inning rally by the Cards.
• Figure this: The 41-year-old Glavine earned his 291st career win.
• Quotable: "You look forward to [Opening Day] like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen." -- the late Joe DiMaggio
• Elias Says: The Mets infield turned four double plays, equaling the highest Opening Day total in 75 years.
-- ESPN.com news services
Mets 6, Cardinals 1
The Cards shouldn't worry because winning the opener is not a good indication of what the defending champ will do. The last six champions have alternated wins and losses on Opening Day, but only two have made the playoffs that year.
|2006 Cardinals||L, 6-1||?|
|2005 White Sox||W, 10-4||Third AL Central|
|2004 Red Sox||L, 9-2||Swept in ALDS|
|2003 Marlins||W, 4-3||Third NL East|
|2002 Angels||L, 6-3||Third AL West|
|2001 D-Backs||W, 2-0||Swept in NLDS|
There was a moment of silence to mark the recent deaths of former commissioner Bowie Kuhn, longtime Cardinals general manager Bing Devine and Missouri Sen. Thomas Eagleton. ... The Mets are 29-17 on Opening Day for a .603 winning percentage, best in major league history. ... The Cardinals and Mets opened for the first time since 1996, La Russa's first season in St. Louis. ... Glavine has won three straight Opening Day starts and is 5-3 with a 3.70 ERA in eight openers. ... Carpenter is 2-1 in four opening-day starts. ... Eckstein was 3-for-4 and is 10-for-28 (.357) in seven openers.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 5-2 (as of Sun 4/1)|
|» Sun 4/1||NYM 6, @STL 1||Box Score|
|Tue 4/3||NYM 4, @STL 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/4||NYM 10, @STL 0||Recap|
|Mon 6/25||@NYM 2, STL 1||Recap|
|Tue 6/26||STL 5, @NYM 3||Recap|
|Wed 6/27||@NYM 2, STL 0||Recap|
|Thu 9/27||STL 3, @NYM 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Mets | Cardinals|
|3rd||C Delgado doubled to deep left, P Lo Duca and C Beltran scored.||2||0|
|4th||P Lo Duca singled to center, S Green and J Valentin scored, J Reyes to third.||4||0|
|4th||C Beltran singled to center, J Reyes scored, P Lo Duca to second.||5||0|
|6th||D Eckstein doubled to left, S Schumaker scored.||5||1|
|9th||P Lo Duca singled to left, D Newhan scored.||6||1|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||45,429 (103.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Adam Dowdy|