New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros celebrates his two-run home run with Jose Altuve #27 in the top of the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 28, 2022 in the Queens Borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Things are not too swell over in Queens right now. The New York Mets have been the National League’s best team — record-wise — for a while now, but the cracks just keep popping up around the Mets ship.

The latest was a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Astros as it became abundantly clear that the Mets do not match up well at all with the American League’s second-best team behind the Yankees.

In fact, this month alone, against teams that are likely playoff contenders (the LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Astros) the Mets are a combined 5-8, and 0-3 against Houston.

Tuesday night, the Mets pitching woes continued as Carlos Carrasco was lit up like a Christmas tree by the Astros lineup for the second straight week. Houston plated four runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Alex Bregman and a three-run bomb to right-center by Kyle Tucker and never looked back.

Yordan Alvarez, who has enjoyed tormenting the Mets in these three games, crushed an opposite field-two-run homer that gave Houston a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning. Alvarez has hit four home runs in three games against the Mets. Yuli Gurriel added a two-run shot of his own to stake Houston to a 9-0 lead later in the fifth.  Both bombs came off of ex-Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve.

As for Carrasco, he has really hit a wall. His ERA for the month of June is 6.37. Since an 11-5 win at San Diego on June 6, he has allowed 19 earned runs in 17.2 innings, which comes to an ERA of 9.68. The Mets are 1-3 in those games.

On top of that Max Scherzer who was supposed to make his rehab start on Tuesday for Binghamton was pushed back to Wednesday night against Hartford. He was originally slated to rejoin the Mets this past Sunday, but New York wanted to see another rehab outing.

Moreover, Tylor Megill may not be on the mound again until mid-to-late August as he battles a strained shoulder. Megill is on the IL for the second time this season after battling biceps tendonitis.

Things won’t get easier for the walking wounded Mets who face Justin Verlander today at 1 p.m.

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