April 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer (1) slides past New York Mets catcher Josh Thole (30) during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Astros Pound Schwinden, Mets for Sweep


Chris Schwinden was taking the mound today, bound and determined to do two things: prevent a series sweep at the hands of the Astros, and to prove that he’s worthy of staying in the rotation. Both of those missions failed. Opposing Wandy Rodriguez, Schwinden had to prevent the early runs to allow New York a chance, but home runs in the second and third innings put the Mets in a hole that they once again, weren’t able to recover from.

Schwinden gave up a three-run shot to Chris Johnson in the second inning, as well as another one to Jed Lowrie in the third, giving Rodriguez and Houston an early five-run lead. The right hander finished his outing with four innings pitched, six hits, five runs, two walks, and one strikeout. In his relief, Manny Acosta didn’t impress, which is shocking: two innings pitched, six hits, and three runs

allowed.

New York did break into the run column in the fourth off Rodriguez. David Wright walked to lead off the inning, and after two strikeouts, Wright brought it upon himself to steal second with Torres up to put himself into scoring position. The center fielder came through by hitting in his third straight game, driving in the Mets only run.

Wandy Rodriguez was on point today, throwing seven solid innings, giving up three hits, one run, two walks, and striking out five, good for his third win of the year. David Wright tripled in the game, but the only real bright spot for the Met offense today came in the lead off spot; Ruben Tejada collected three hits to raise his season average to .305.

This loss marks the first series sweep of the year for the Astros, and the first time the Mets have been swept in 2012. New York drops to 13-12 on the season, getting an off day tomorrow to re-group after a disappointing series, one they should have won. Houston’s offense is ranked in the top-10 of the MLB, but their pitching isn’t as good as our hitters made it look. The upcoming match-ups with Arizona, Philadelphia, and Miami next week are extremely important, and the Mets need to once again show that they can bounce back. What concerned me tonight was that once they fell behind in this series, they went down quietly. Hopefully that changes before they start to get buried in the standings.

One thing is for sure…the Mets won’t be dressing up as westerners on their flights anytime soon. I would say that idea is officially dead. After a good start to their road trip in Colorado, being swept by the Astros finishes the trip at a disappointing 2-4, and their overall record on the road so far in 2012 is 5-7.

Probable Pitchers for Friday:

New York is sending Dillon Gee to the mound in their return to Citi Field in an effort to stop their three-game skid in front of the home crowd. The Mets are welcoming the Diamondbacks to Flushing for the first time this year, and they’re countering with the undefeated Wade Miley, who has been spectacular in replacing the injured Daniel Hudson, throwing 12.1 scoreless innings.

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