The Astros are among the worst teams in all of baseball — except for a couple of players they have a no-name team and are in full rebuilding mode. Yet they were able to easily sweep the Mets in a three-game series down in Houston.
Where have we heard this before — the Mets starter gave up early two-run and three-run home runs to dig a 5-0 hole? Jonathon Niese did it Tuesday night, and then Chris Schwinden did it Wednesday afternoon. Schwinden gave up his homers to the same guy, Chris Johnson (left). He lasted four innings, one more inning than Niese.
Schwinden has an 11.25 ERA in two nearly identical unsuccessful starts replacing Mike Pelfrey. He will probably get a third try, but if he doesn’t improve he’s got to be sent back down to the minors, with Jeremy Hefner likely in line for the next audition.
Manny Acosta continued his brutal stretch, allowing three more runs in two innings in relief. When this road trip began his ERA was 2.89 — it is now a robust 9.69.
Ruben Tejada was the highlight of the Mets offense — he had three hits, including two doubles to give him 10 on the season, tying him for the National League lead.
Andres Torres had the Mets lone RBI; he’s now driven in a run in each of his three games back.
The Mets missed a golden opportunity to move up in the NL East. The division-leading Nationals are in the midst of a five-game losing streak and the Braves have lost their last two.
Mets lose 8-1 and are now just a game over .500. After a day off the Mets host the Diamondbacks this weekend. Time to get back to those winning ways!