The New York Mets were defeated by the Houston Astros 4-1 on Saturday night. The offense has looked like a minor league team for the majority of the second half. With the loss, the Mets fall a game under .500, and continue to struggle against teams with bad records.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana took the mound against Brett Myers in the middle game of the three-game set. Santana put the Mets in a hole early, allowing two runs to cross the plate in the top of the 1st inning. The offense just couldn’t get it going at all, and Santana would give up a two-run home run to Carlos Lee in the 5th inning, letting the Astros go up 4-0.

Ike Davis did a great job of getting on base, as well as Luis Castillo. This team just seems to lack spark without Jose Reyes in the lineup. Let’s hope for a quick return or the Mets are going to be boring down the stretch…

Positives From The Game:

Gotta Like Ike: Ike Davis got on base three times tonight, with a single, double, and walk. The biggest problem was his teammates couldn’t knock him in. He raised his batting average to .250– the first time he’s seen that mark in a few weeks.

Castillo: Luis Castillo had two singles and scored the Mets only run in the eighth inning.

The Wright Track: David Wright drove in the only run in the eighth inning. He has an RBI in four consecutive games. He’s hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games.

Negatives From The Game:

Hitting With RISP: The Mets hitters were able to get into scoring position, but only 1 for 10 when in that situation.

Pagan: Since taking over the leadoff role, Angel Pagan has not recorded a hit (0 for 9). He was 0 for 5 tonight, while falling victim to the embarrassing hat trick (3 K’s).

Interesting Facts:

10: Career wins for Brett Myers against the Mets

52: Walks for Ike Davis in his rookie season

86: RBIs for David Wright is good for third place overall in the National League

What’s Next?: The New York Mets finish their series against the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon. Game Time 1:10 PM on SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (8-5) 2.64 ERA vs. HOU Bud Norris (6-7) 5.03 ERA