The New York Mets started the season with four straight wins, but a rough road patch has snapped the team back to reality.
The Houston Astros drilled the Mets, 8-1, on Wednesday, May 2nd as Wandy Rodriguez spun seven innings of one-run baseball and Chris Johnson went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and six RBI. With the victory, the Astros, who many baseball pundits predict will finish with the worst record in Major League Baseball, completed a three-game sweep of the Mets, who finished a six-game road trip 2-4.
The Mets still have a winning overall record at 13-12, but they have look anything like a winning team on the road, where they are 5-7. On their most recent trip, New York pitchers gave up a combined 46 runs to the Colorado Rockies and Astros. On Wednesday, Mets rookie Chris Schwinden was the latest mound disaster. He was tagged for a pair of home runs and five earned runs in only four innings of work.
The road trip could have been worse.
The Mets were lucky to escape Colorado with a pair of wins. The Rockies pummeled the Mets, 18-9, in the opener of their three-game set and nearly stole the series finale. New York won the third game of the series in 11 innings, 6-5, after blowing a four-run lead in the eighth and one-run lead in the 10th. But the Mets' good fortune ran out in Houston.
"You have ups and downs, and this is a down," Mets manager Terry Collins said about the sweep in Houston. "They out-pitched us and they out-hit us."
The Mets will get a needed off-day on Thursday before beginning a three-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After that, it's back to the road, starting with a three-game series in Philadelphia against the Phillies. The Mets play 12 of their next 19 games away from Citi Field.
Suddenly, the Mets' fast start is a distant memory.
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Associated Press, "Mets lose to Astros," NYPost.com.
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