The New York Mets were defeated by the Houston Astros 3-2 Thursday night. After taking a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, they couldn’t push anything else across. A day where both the Braves and Phillies lost, the Mets failed to gain any ground in their division.

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Initial Reaction:

Pat Misch took the mound against Bud Norris in the final game of a four-game series. Both pitchers were effective during their starts, and Misch had a one-hitter going into the seventh inning. It wasn’t a surprise to watch Carlos “El Caballo” Lee’s three-run blast in that inning, knocking the southpaw out of the game. Those are the situations the Mets have dealt with throughout the season.

Another problem the Mets continue to face is their offensive struggles. Tonight, they mustered a total of three hits…THREE HITS! It’s at that point where Mets management needs to figure out what’s wrong with their players. On paper, this team should make for a solid offense, and the exact opposite has shown.

Positives From The Game:

Misch: Pat Misch went seven effective innings, allowing three runs on four hits and no walks, with a strikeout. He was much better through his first six innings, as he only gave up one hit occurring in the first inning. Even though Carlos Lee launched a monster three-run home run against him in the seventh, he was dominant for the majority of his start.

Negatives From The Game:

Where’s The Offense?: The Mets manufactured three hits, and drove in only one of their runs on a base hit. The other run came in on a ground out. Pat Misch got one of the Mets three hits. Maybe Jerry should set a lineup of all pitchers tomorrow night…

Interesting Facts:

30: Steals for Angel Pagan

7: Home runs against the Mets for Carlos Lee. He’s becoming a Met killer.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets roll into Pittsburgh for a weekend series starting Friday night at PNC Park. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (11-7) 3.95 ERA vs. PIT Jeff Karstens (2-9) 4.57 ERA