It’s not like Oswalt hasn’t pitched well, allowing three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts. But the Astros have scored a total of 12 runs in those outings.
Perhaps the frustration is getting to Oswalt, who was ejected from Saturday’s 5-4 defeat to Atlanta.
The Braves’ Jesse Garcia convinced umpires that he’d been grazed by an Oswalt pitch in the eighth inning. The disputed call led to the ejection of Houston skipper Jimy Williams, as well as coach John Tamargo and Oswalt, who were tossed later in the inning.
While the league did not announce any punishment for Oswalt or Tamargo, Williams is expected to sit out this game after receiving a one-game suspension for his tirade against the umpires.
The Astros will be trying bounce back from a sloppy 3-2 loss Thursday. Closer Octavio Dotel allowed two runs in the top of the ninth to squander a 2-1 lead, suffering his first blown save in seven chances.
It was also Houston’s first loss when leading after eight innings since June 18, 2003, against Arizona.
The Mets come into this series having earned a split of their four-game set at Arizona. Cliff Floyd had an RBI single in his return from the disabled list. He had not played since April 11, suffering a quadriceps injury when the Mets were in Puerto Rico playing the Montreal Expos.