NOTES: In sweeping St. Louis, the Mets have increased their Shea winning streak to 11 games and pulled off their ninth series sweep of the season. … The Mets are a season-high 30 games over .500 at 78-48. … Carlos Delgado has an eight-game hitting streak and has 14 RBI in his last seven games. … After the game the Mets optioned outfielder Lastings Milledge so they could activate Brian Bannister for tonight’s start. Milledge will return to the Mets, Sept. 1, when the rosters can be expanded.
ANALYSIS: Shawn Green was the headliner, but the key to the 6-2 win over the Cardinals tonight was Dave Williams, who pitched into the seventh. Catcher Paul Lo Duca said Williams was effective because he mixed his pitches—and in a note to Steve Trachsel—HE WORKED QUICKLY. Williams has given the Mets two strong starts, and with Orlando Hernandez scratched for Friday, he provides an option if they want to rest El Duque longer than the weekend.