The Houston Astros (11-14) completed their sweep of the New York Mets (13-12) today, taking the final game of the 3-game series by a score of 8-1.
As was the case on Friday, Chris Schwinden (0-1) and Manny Acosta got hammered. Schwinden looked like he was lobbing beach balls over the middle of the plate, and Acosta just seemed to close his eyes and throw, instead of actually pitching.
In 2 starts this year, Schwinden has allowed 10 earned runs on 13 hits in 8 innings, proving that he is just not a major league pitcher at this point in his career. Could he be the worst pitcher in Mets history? At this point, I’d probably have more faith in Randy Jones, Victor Zambrano, Roger Craig, and most of the 1962 rotation than I do in Schwinden. Heck, even Anthony Young had a respectable 3.89 career ERA, despite losing 27 straight decisions between 1992 and 1993.
Once again, the Mets lineup could do nothing against their nemesis, Wandy Rodriguez (3-2). He breezed through 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 6 hits. The left hander came into today’s game with a lifetime 2.90 ERA and 1.13 WHIP against New York.
Ruben Tejada was the lone bright spot in the Mets batting order, going 3 for 4 out of the leadoff spot with 2 doubles. He now has a .305/.362/.411 slash on the season. David Wright hit his first triple of the year and is now hitting .392/.495/.582.
Were the Mets worn out from a tough series in the thin air against the Rockies? Whatever the case, they failed to cowboy up against a poor Astros team, despite dressing like characters from Blazing Saddles on their flight to Houston. But they’ll put this series behind them and attempt to rise from the ashes
in Phoenix in Queens, as they begin a 3-game set against the Diamondbacks tomorrow night at 7:10 PM.