The St. Louis Cardinals made a bit of a slow start to the 2021 MLB season. They sure aren’t doing anything slow now, though, as they won their fifth straight on Monday evening against the New York Mets. Unlike usual when the Mets lose, they actually hit in this contest. Unfortunately for them, the Cardinals hit just a bit better than them. Leading 5-2 after the top of the third (the Mets had roughed up Adam Wainwright), they still ended up blowing their lead all in one fell swoop in the bottom half of the same frame. Nolan Arenado continued to pay dividends after the offseason trade the Cards made as he homered three runs in to tie the game.
Tyler O’Neill kept the inning going, doubling in the eventual winning run to make it 6-5. Wainwright hung tough from there, and so, too, did the Cardinals’ bullpen. After he exited, the Cardinals pitching staff didn’t allow a single hit off the Mets, and Alex Reyes closed out the game for his eighth save thus far. That made it five wins in a row for the Cardinals, the longest winning streak in the majors currently. They are now 17-12 and tied with the Brewers for the NL Central lead as a result. Meanwhile, the Mets fell to 11-12 but are just half a game off the pace in the tightly-packed NL East.