Game Thread: Mets (45-51) vs Astros (50-47)
Hernandez had struggled mightily going into his last start, as he had lost four straight including two outings that combined 15 runs in just seven innings. But at Nationals Park, Livan beat his former team for the third time in as many tries this season. Hernandez was staked to a 5-0 advantage after two innings and cruised for seven frames giving up five hits and a pair of runs. The savvy veteran said he took everything he did from his previous start against Washington and did the opposite in order to throw off hitters.
In his first start after the All-Star break, Moehler turned in a quality outing against St. Louis, tossing 6 1/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out five. He retired 10 of the first 12 batters he faced and threw 100 pitches against the Cardinals before being taken down in the seventh. Moehler hasn’t faced the Mets this season. In his only game against the Mets last year, he allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four over 5 1/3 innings.