New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Taijuan Walker #99 of the New York Mets reacts in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during game two of the doubleheader at Citi Field on May 17, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)



The Mets recent struggles offensively continued on Tuesday as the Amazin’s split a double-header with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets took the opener 3-1 behind a solid outing by Trevor Williams, who got the start in place of injured Tylor Megill.

Williams blanked the Red Birds over four innings of work with six strikeouts. It was exactly the kind of effort the Mets needed.

Offensively the Mets got all the runs Williams needed early. Travis Jankowski drove in the first run of the day on a RBI ground out in the second inning. Jeff McNeill and Dom Smith added RBI doubles in the bottom of the third inning to build a 3-0 lead.

The nigthtcap was much more frustrating for New York.

Despite solo home runs by Matt Canha and Eduardo Escobar , the Mets struggled to muster much offense. New York was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring positon, and left nine runners on base.  Former Met Steven Matz was impressive, holding the Mets to just two runs over five innings with seven strikeouts.

Meanwhile start Taijuan Walker struggled to hold down St. Louis, especially against Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt had three hits in the nightcap, including driving in runs on a pair of doubles to help the Cardinals build a 3-2 lead.

Walker left the contest after giving up three runs on seven hits over five innings of work.