The Mets will try to win their first road series tonight since a three-game sweep of Cleveland in mid-June. They are 10-20 on the road since then, a stat that pretty much says it all about their slide from contention.
They’ve only won two road series this season, both in interleague play.
Here’s another one: they are hitting a major-league worst .214 since the All-Star break. For good measure, they haven’t scored more than three runs in six straight games.
The frustrating thing is their weakness going into the season – their starting pitching – has been lights out lately. Definitely good enough to contend if they had any offense.
Tonight it will be Pat Misch going for the Mets.
The Mets activated Rod Barajas this afternoon and he’ll be in the lineup tonight. Jerry Manuel said the Mets are still in the race and Barajas is likely to get more playing time than Josh Thole.
The catching situation typifies the dysfunctional nature of the Mets. They are carrying three catchers, which makes no sense in the National League. And, making it worse is they continue to play shorthanded because Oliver Perez is useless.
Here’s tonight’s lineup at Houston:
Jose Reyes, SS
Luis Castillo, 2B
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Chris Carter, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Pat Misch, LP