Tonight at 7:10, the Mets begin a three-game series with the Astros at Citi Field.The Astros have been the worst team in baseball this season. They are 39-86, nine games worse than the Cubs, who have the second-worst record in the league. Overall, they aren't very good at anything. Their starting pitching, bullpen, and offense are all well below league average in almost every category.The Astros this season have stripped down to bare bones this season. They finally dumped veterans Carlos Lee
and Wandy Rodriguez
, getting rid of some of the money they owed them over the next few years. Now they are a young team in rebuilding mode with nowhere to go but up.What worries me about this series for the Mets is that they might beat themselves. They just got swept by the Rockies, one of the worst teams in baseball and quite possibly the worst when they are playing on the road. The Mets, clearly the better team, got swept in four games. It's not the pitching that's given the Mets trouble, at least not the starting pitching. It's been the offense. A two-run deficit right now makes me want to turn off the game because I know they have no shot at coming back. The Mets should win this series, without a doubt. But time and time again this season, they have failed to win these "easy" games, so I really have no idea what to expect.Team Comparison
Pitching MatchupsGame 1- Tonight 7:10Jon Niese (152 IP, 110 ERA+, 3.39 K/BB)vs.Jordan Lyles
(102.2 IP, 71 ERA+, 2.26 K/BB)Game 2- Saturday 1:10R.A. Dickey
(175.1 IP, 136 ERA+, 4.53 K/BB)vs.TBDGame 3- Sunday 1:10Jeremy Hefner
(61.2 IP, 75 ERA+, 3.60 K/BB)vs.Lucas Harrell
(151.1 IP, 100 ERA+, 1.83 K/BB)Offensive Threats
- The Houston Astros fired manager Brad Mills last week. They were 39-82 under Mills. He was replaced by Tony DeFrancesco, who will have the job on an interim basis.
- The Houston bullpen may be the only one in baseball as bad as the Mets'. The front office traded away Brandon Lyon and Brett Myers, the only two decent relief pitchers on the team. There isn't much left in the bullpen and it's been awful recently.
- Remember Jordan Schafer? He was a former top prospect for the Braves a few years ago, but turned out to be a bust. He was supposed to become a great leadoff hitter for Atlanta, but the bat never developed. (He was also arrested on a felony drug charge. Oh, and he was suspended for HGH use earlier in his career) He's fast (26 SB) but is hitting just .216 this season with a .304 on-base percentage.
- We will likely see former Met prospect Fernand Martinez in this series as well. Martinez is currently on Houston's active roster and has gotten some playing tim this month after spending the majority of his season with Triple-A. He was having probably his best minor league season of his career and was staying healthy. He's still only 23...
- Let's go Mets!