It’s Mets vs Astros round two! Fresh off a 2-3 road trip, the New York Mets will return home to begin a week of interleague play! Now for the second week in a row, the Mets are set to face off the Houston Astros and this time in Queens! They will look to scratch off a win against the reigning AL Champions after getting swept in a two game series in Houston.
Astros Record: 45-27
Mets Record: 47-27
Luis Garcia 5-5, 3.68 ERA vs Carlos Carrasco 8-3, 4.42 ERA
Framber Valdez 7-3, 2.90 ERA vs Trevor Williams 1-4, 3.86 ERA
What to Watch:
These two teams played each other just a week ago on June 21 and 22 with the Astros getting the better of the Mets. They won the first game 8-2 and the following day 5-3 getting a series sweep. It will be very interesting to see if the Mets can perform much better on the home turf when they are not all having a lead in any of the two games. In terms of the players and matchup itself, one player to keep an eye out for is of course Pete Alonso. Alonso had a very good road trip hitting two home runs and driving in five runs in the Mets series against Houston and the Marlins. He now leads the NL in home runs with 22 and runs batted in with 69. Another player to keep an eye out for is third baseman Eduardo Escobar. He is really looking to snap out of a funk that has caused the Mets and their fan base to worry about the veteran’s offensive production. Escobar just went three for 19 on the Mets road trip and has seen his average drop to .225.
The Pitching Matchup:
The Mets will thankfully miss all-star pitcher Justin Verlander again this series and instead will see Luis Garcia and left hand hurler Framber Valdez. The Mets will have the same two starters they put out against these very same Astros just a week ago. Both of them did not pan out well at all. Game one’s starter, Carlos Carrasco gave up five runs in 2 ⅓ innings pitched and eventually left the game due to injury with a back tightness.
The Mets with an already depleted rotation are confident that was just a minor hiccup for Carrasco as he should be able to go much further in this one! Game two’s starter Trevor Williams will also look for much better success. He only went four innings giving up three runs against these very Astros on June 21. The Mets are hoping he can go much longer as already mentioned, their rotation has been decimated by injuries so the Mets are hoping he can last just a bit longer with Max Scherzer hopefully nearing a return into the rotation.
Who Wins the Series?
Even though I was wrong about the Mets splitting two with the Astros last week, I’m still going to roll with the Mets taking a game in this brief two game series. Why? The Mets are home which will give them a boost. Also, expect a lot of booing from Mets fans to the Astros which always seems to throw them off guard in games. I think the Mets will take a game in this one and split the two game set.