MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Astros, 8:10 PM –

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 • 9:10 P.M.
Minute Made Park • Houston, TX
RHP Trevor Williams (1-3, 3.53 ERA) vs. RHP José Urquidy (5-3, 4.99 ERA)
The Mets took three-of-four from the Marlins and now head to Houston the play the Astros in a two game set. (Then they play the Marlins again, then the Astros again. What a schedule!)
The Astros sit on top of the AL West at 41-25 with a plus-53 run differential, going 5-5 over their last ten games. They are one of two teams in the AL West with a positive run differential. The Astros are also only 8-7 this season against teams above .500. For comparison, the Mets are 25-15 against teams above .500.
The Astros right now are cruising towards a playoff berth. These two days, and the two days next week when the Astros come to Queens, provide another chance for the Mets to show the baseball world what we have.
The Mets bats will get a look at José Urquidy tonight.
Over 12 games and 61 1/3 innings this season, Urquidy has a 4.99 ERA, 4.82 FIP, 1.516 WHIP and a 76 ERA+. In his last four starts, he has tossed a total of 21 innings, allowing 17 runs (15 earned) from 29 hits and seven walks. That’s a 6.43 ERA and 5.75 FIP with opponents slashing .319/.366/.571. Very few Mets have faced Urquidy in a major league game before:
Trevor Williams steps back into the rotation for the Mets due to Tylor Megill‘s injury.
He’s pitched in 12 games and made five starts for the Mets totaling 35 2/3 innings with a 3.53 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 1.262 WHIP and a 113 ERA+. As a starter, he has tossed 20 innings with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.300 WHIP. Since May 25, he has pitched 16 2/3 innings, allowing only three runs from 14 hits and six walks (1.62 ERA, 3.07 FIP) while striking out 16 batters.
The Astros have the following numbers against Williams:
The first round of All-Star ballots were revealed Tuesday. Pete Alonso was second among first basemen, and Starling Marte was fourth among outfielders. Francisco Lindor (third), Jeff McNeil (third), Eduardo Escobar (fifth) and J.D. Davis (fifth) were all among the top five at their positions.
Jeff McNeil is out of today’s lineup after leaving Monday’s game with right hamstring tightness. He’s still considered day-to-day.
Max Scherzer will pitch in a rehab start in Binghamton starting at 6:35 p.m. Feel free to follow along with that here, too.
Let’s go Mets!

I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs
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