Baseball cliché: Momentum is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher. Today, the Mets exemplified this old adage perfectly.
Fresh – or evidently not so fresh - off their thrilling 17 inning victory, the Mets went out and quite frankly, laid an egg. Dave Williams, in his first start since last season, was atrocious, giving up 8 runs in 3.1 innings. He threw 41 pitches alone in the 1st, handing the Astros an early 3-0 lead.
As usual, the Mets failed to hit with men on base. In the first inning, with Reyes on third and Newhan on first, an no outs, Beltran struck out, Wright popped out, and Valentin struck out to end the inning after a walk to Delgado had loaded the bases. Just like that, the rally was over (a familiar trend) and the Mets were on their way to another disappointing loss in what has been a largely disappointing first half of baseball.