No one in New York is particularly happy about the Mets' performance in Houston over the last three days. Here's what they're saying:
The Times Herald-Record headline: Mets swept by sorry 'Stros.
Mets SP Chris Schwinden:
"I made a couple of bad pitches, and they got hammered. I thought today was going to be a little different, but I left a couple of balls up in the zone, and it changed the whole day."
Manager Terry Collins:
"You are going to have ups and downs, and this was a down. They played great, they pitched great. As I said last night, we were 0-2 a lot of at bats. It’s tough to hit when you’re behind so far. That’s a credit to the way they pitched. They got ahead in the count and made good pitches. They out pitched us and out hit us…When you pitch behind in the count, you better have plus stuff."
Faith and Fear in Flushing:
Ignominious way to say goodbye to good ol’ Houston, where the next time we visit, it will be as an Interleague or, if you’ll excuse the expression, World Series opponent. The shifting of the Astros away from our annual travel itinerary is a shame in that anything that shreds the comforting regularity from our communal routines is a shame. (There's actually quite a nice send-off to the Astros by the Faith and Fear in Flushing, so go over and read the whole thing).