The Mets, who hit
.294 and averaged more than six runs in their three-game bludgeoning of the
Dodgers, present a stronger test for the Cardinals staff than the feckless
Padres hitters, who went 2 for 32 with runners in scoring position. Still,
battling New York is easier than arm-wrestling the demons of the 1964 Phillies.
With the Pujols-anchored lineup bruised but largely intact (third baseman Scott
Rolen's left shoulder continues to bother him), the sky is not falling in St.
Louis. No, the sky is the limit.