After taking three out of four in Phillie last weekend, the Mets tumbled back to earth in Colorado. Last night’s 17–7 beating completed a three-game sweep for the Rockies.
The Mets were outscored 34–12 during the series. The starting pitching, which had been carrying the team during the previous two weeks, was non-existent in this series.
With the sweep. the Mets are now just nine games over .500. More important, the Braves are three games out of first place, the Phils four. Fortunately, the Braves had lost three in a row before their July 4th victory over the Dodgers. If Atlanta or Philadelphia ever manage to put together a decent winning streak, we’re in trouble.
The Rockies also swept the Yankees this year. ESPN reported that Colorado is the first team in almost 50 years to sweep two New York baseball clubs in the same season. How nice.
The Mets should be very happy to leave behind the rarefied Rockies air. But Houston is no easy opponent. The Astros are 5–2 on their current homestand and just beat on the Phillies the past few days. John Maine tries to heal the starting pitching woes tonight, going against Jason Jennings, who is 4–2 lifetime against the Mets, with a 3.73 ERA.