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New York Mets vs. Houston Astros Pick & Prediction JUN 22TH 2022

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New York Mets right-hander Trevor Williams lasted four innings in a spot start on Tuesday against the Houston Astros, filling a void in the rotation that might not be vacant much longer.

Right-hander Max Scherzer was unavailable for the Mets during their 8-2 loss in the opener of a two-game interleague set against the Astros, but he did make his first rehab start for Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, a positive development for a staff without aces Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

Scherzer allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings. He threw 65 pitches in his first action since sustaining a left oblique strain on May 18.

"I want to get back out there so bad," Scherzer said. "You put in all this work, you see the team playing great baseball, you want to be out there competing and winning with them. For me, I want to be in the big leagues, not a (Binghamton) Rumble Pony."


Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (8-2, 3.96 ERA) will start the series finale for the Mets on Wednesday in Houston. He notched his latest victory on Friday, when he limited the Miami Marlins to three runs on eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a 10-4 win.

Carrasco, 7-1 with a 3.74 ERA over his past nine starts, is three wins shy of becoming the eighth Venezuelan pitcher to reach 100 career victories.

Carrasco is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA over nine career appearances (eight starts) against the Astros. His last start against Houston was in April 2019, when he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-1 road loss with Cleveland. He is 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA in four starts on the road against Houston.

Right-hander Luis Garcia (4-5, 3.41 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Astros on Wednesday. Garcia earned his first victory in more than a month in his previous start. He held the Texas Rangers to two runs (one earned) on four hits, with a career-high-tying nine strikeouts, over six innings in a 9-2 win on June 15.

Garcia had been 0-4 with a 4.44 ERA in his previous five starts.

Garcia, who will make his first career start against the Mets, is 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA and 1.295 WHIP in seven career interleague appearances (six starts), with 35 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

Like the Mets, the Astros received a measure of good news regarding their rotation on Tuesday.

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi will make the first of two rehab starts on Friday with Triple-A Sugar Land before a potential reinstatement from the injured list. Odorizzi has been sidelined since May 16 with a lower left leg tendon strain. He was 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA over his past four starts.

"He's worked hard to get back to that point," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "I'm sure he's anxious to get back on the mound. He'll have a couple of assignments to get his workload back up. We're excited to get him back."

--Field Level Media

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New York Mets vs. Houston Astros Recap JUN 22TH 2022

Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez hit back-to-back homers to cap a four-run first inning Wednesday afternoon and vault the host Houston Astros to a 5-3 win over the New York Mets, and a sweep of the two-game interleague series.

Alvarez finished with two homers for the Astros, who have won three straight and seven of nine. It was the fourth two-homer game of the season for Alvarez, who entered Wednesday tied for third in the American League in both homers and RBIs.

The Mets were swept in a series for the first time this season.

The Astros scored all of their first-inning runs before Carlos Carrasco (8-3) recorded an out. Jose Altuve drew a leadoff walk and scored on Michael Brantley's double before Bregman (2-for-3) and Alvarez went deep.

The Mets scored in the top of the third off Luis Garcia (5-5) when Dominic Smith delivered a leadoff double, went to third on Tomas Nido's groundout and scored on Brandon Nimmo's sacrifice fly.

But Alvarez homered again in the third inning off Carrasco, who walked the next batter, Kyle Tucker, before exiting due to lower back tightness. Carrasco allowed the five runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

A quartet of relievers combined to toss three-hit scoreless ball the rest of the way for the Mets, who chased Garcia while mounting a comeback in the sixth.

Nimmo led off with a walk and scored on a double by Starling Marte before Francisco Lindor singled, moving Marte to third.

Ryne Stanek entered and induced Pete Alonso to hit into a sacrifice fly before surrendering a double to Luis Guillorme. Mark Canha then worked a walk to load the bases, but Stanek retired Eduardo Escobar on a pop-up and struck out Smith.

Hector Neris, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly limited the Mets to one hit the rest of the way, with Pressly earning his 14th save by tossing a perfect ninth.

Garcia allowed the three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings.

Lindor and Guillorme had two hits apiece for the Mets.

--Field Level Media

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