Schwinden Struggles Again, Mets Lose 8-1 To Astros

Chris Schwinden struggled in yet another start, and the offense couldn’t put anything together in their 8-1 loss to the Houston Astros


The Chris Schwinden experiment had another rough day, with the final outcome being five runs on six hits in four innings, striking out one and walking two. Schwinden allowed two more home runs and has looked overmatched in his two starts, and the next step seems to involve Jeremy Hefner coming up to fill the gap. While Chris has looked bad in both outings, he hasn’t been helped by his bullpen nor his offense.

Manny Acosta came out for what would amount to mop-up duty after he was finished and went two innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out one. Acosta has skyrocketed himself passed Miguel Batista in terms of being the least effective Mets reliever in 2012. While Acosta has allowed 15 runs, only 11 of those have been earned, but his walks and strikeouts are equal and he has given up three home runs in eleven innings. Tim Byrdak and Frank Francisco went on to pitch the seventh and eighth, allowing a combined three hits while striking out two.

Offensively, the Mets have struggled since Andres Torres’ return. The only Mets run was knocked in by Torres, scoring David Wright. The Mets managed seven hits, three of which were from Ruben Tejada. The offense has looked sluggish, and the continued inability to drive home runners in scoring position has become the downside of this offense.

Game Notes

Andres Torres – 1 for 4 with his first hit of the season and an RBI, but struck out three times.

The defense hasn’t been bad as of the last few games, and it seems the Colorado game got most of the mistakes out of the way.

Daniel Murphy – 0 for 4. He was 0-9 with one strikeout in the Astros series

GOAT of The Game

Chris Schwinden. Two short outings in which he was absolutely ineffective.

Up Next

The Mets will travel back to Citi Field where they will begin a series on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game time is 7:10 P.M.