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Jeff Francoeur continued his hot start to the season, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday’s finale vs. the Rockies. Francoeur has hit in all nine games, batting .438 (14-for-32). David Wright holds the team record for a hitting streak to start the season, with 14 in 2007. Francoeur needs a hit on Friday night to tie for second with Darryl Strawberry (1987), Robin Ventura (’99) and Wright (’09). … The Cardinals will be the fourth different club the Mets have faced this season. They start the season facing 10 different opponents for the first time in their history.
The Mets aren’t exactly his favorite team to face, historically. Carpenter enters the outing 1-4 with a 4.80 ERA in five career starts against the Mets, his only win coming in September 2005.
That said, the Mets likely won’t be as concerned about how they’ve done against Carpenter in the past. They’ll be more focused on getting their season on track, building on a strong finish in Denver — a 5-0 victory Thursday for their first shutout of the season.
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After starting the season 3-for-21, Ryan Ludwick reeled off a four-hit home opener and went 7-for-12 against the Astros, including a single in Thursday’s finale. … Catcher Bryan Anderson, recalled from Triple-A Memphis when Jason LaRue went on the disabled list on Thursday, got his first Major League at-bat on Thursday, lining out while pinch-hitting for starter Yadier Molina in the ninth.
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is a two-time Comeback Player of the Year Award winner, but, despite some grumbling about his first two starts, he isn’t in need of one now.
“There are expectations, I guess, of what I’m supposed to be doing,” Carpenter said. “I gave up a couple homers, and it’s turned into chaos, I guess.”
Heading into his Friday assignment against the Mets and left-hander Oliver Perez in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium, Carpenter has allowed five homers — including three in an 8-7 loss to the Brewers last Sunday night — after allowing just seven all of last year.