The Houston Astros (11-14) completed their series sweep of the New York Mets (13-12) this afternoon in an 8-1 rout.
Chris Schwinden (0-1, 11.25 ERA) appeared lost on the mound this afternoon much as he did in Colorado last Friday night. Schwinden, who's being given a legitimate chance to earn a rotation spot, allowed five runs on six hits through only four innings. Schwinden has allowed five earned two consecutive starts and has surrendered a walloping twelve hits in the effort.
In a deja vu moment, Manny Acosta came in to relieve the struggling starter and only stabbed the already punctured wound. Acosta pitched two innings, allowing three runs on six hits and is now sporting a 9.69 ERA this season. Since beginning the season looking dominant, the Mets bullpen now boasts the second-worst ERA in the major leagues.
If there were to be any chance for the Mets this afternoon, it would be the offense picking up some steam coming off of two disappointing efforts. Unfortunately, there isn't much to be said about the offensive effort this afternoon. Ruben Tejada led the charge with three hits but made a huge mistake trying to stretch a double into a triple to lead off the top of the first inning and was thrown out easily. Andres Torres picked up the Mets only RBI this afternoon, driving in David Wright on a single. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Scott Hairston both also picked up hits.
The series sweep represents the first of the season for the Mets, who entered having won five of six. The Astros, meanwhile, hadn't won a series in their last six efforts. The Mets had tied their high-water mark for the season at four games over .500 but now are only one game over the level mark heading into their weekend series against the defending NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Mets will have an off day tomorrow before commencing their series Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 PM ET with Dillon Gee looking to snap the club's losing streak.