The Houston Astros and New York Mets went roughly five years without playing a series. Now they’re playing their second series this month alone, a product of the quirks of the 2022 slate and sporadic interleague play. The Astros were the better team when they met in Houston and the Astros vs Mets series odds should reflect that. Let’s dive into a few of the MLB details.
- Game: Astros (45-27) at Home Team (47-27)
- Location: Citi Field
- Television: ATSW, SNY, TBS
Astros vs Mets Probable Starting Pitchers
- Tuesday: Framber Valdez (Astros) vs. Carlos Carrasco (Mets)
- : Justin Verlander (Astros) vs Trevor Williams (Mets)
Astros Oh-So-Close to Sweep in the Bronx
A couple of late collapses by the bullpen and big hits by MVP front-runner Aaron Judge were all that stood between a four-game series sweep and a split for the Houston Astros in Yankee Stadium over the weekend.
Nestled between Judge’s heroics was some dominant work by the Houston staff, which posted a combined no-hitter – the first in the Bronx in 19 years – on Saturday. It carried a 16⅓-inning hitless streak late innings Sunday before Judge and company stormed back.
The Astros led at the end of 20 innings in the series. The Yankees led at the end of just two, those being the two in which Judge walked it off. A strange series, indeed, and one that left Houston with mixed emotions.
“Boy, Judge got us twice,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Ended up Judge two, us two. That’s a bad feeling. Imagine the same feeling they had yesterday. It’s a game of emotions and it hurt a lot because we played them tough.”
The Astros vs Mets series odds will reflect the site, the team records, who is pitching, etc. They might not provide a full representation as to how close a good Houston team is to being a great Houston team. At least that’s what we saw this weekend one borough to the north.
Mets Seeking Revenge for Sweep at Houston
New York recovered to win its next two before dropping a series finale against Miami on Monday. That setback left the Mets with a rather pedestrian 3-4 mark in their last seven games and a ho-hum 9-8 record over the last 17.
Perhaps in need of a jolt to fend off the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, the Mets should get plenty soon with several big names on the mend. Of chief importance is the status of hurlers Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, but of more immediate note is the expected return of Jeff McNeil on Tuesday.
“I’m confident he will be a baseball player on Tuesday,” manager Buck Showalter told reporters Sunday of McNeill, who has been out since June 20 with a hamstring injury. “I’d look for him to start (then).”
That should have a big impact on the lineup. He tops the New York Mets stats page in batting (.327), doubles (17), and on-base percentage (.386).
While McNeil is expected back, the Mets are holding their breath on Tuesday’s MLB scheduled starter, Carlos Carrasco, who has a back injury. The veteran left his start at Houston last week after only 2⅓ innings due to the issue, although he is expected to take the mound in the opener. Keep an eye on that as you analyze the Astros vs Mets series odds.
- Jose Altuve, Astros 2B: 5-for-14 with two homers and four walks in the Yankees series.
- Yuli Gurriel, Astros 1B: 5-for-14 with two doubles in Yankees series.
- Brandon Nimmo, Mets CF: 11-for-26 with a home run and three doubles during a six-game hitting streak.
- Tommy Hunter, Mets RP: Five strikeouts, zero earned runs in four innings since return from a back injury.
- Kyle Tuckers, Astros RF: 5-for-28 over his last eight games, although he does have seven RBIs.
- Jake Meyers, Astros CF: 2-for-10 with five strikeouts in three games since return from a shoulder injury.
- Mark Canha, Mets LF: 2-for-21 over his last seven games.
- Luis Guillorme, Mets 2B: 0-for-12 in the Marlins series.
- Astros LF Michael Brantley left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury and is considered day-to-day.
- Astros DH Yordan Alvarez was reduced to pinch-hitting duties Sunday due to continued issues with a hand injury.
- Astros RHP Jake Odorizzi is expected to make one more rehab start as he works his way back from a leg injury.
- Scherzer (oblique) is scheduled to make his second rehab start Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton.
- deGrom (shoulder) faced live hitters over the weekend at the team’s minor league complex.
- Mets OF Travis Jankowski has resumed baseball activities for the first time since suffering a hand injury in May.
Astros vs Mets Series Odds Betting Tips
The MLB betting odds now circulate Mets and Astros World Series chances (along with Yankees and Dodgers) against the field, a sure sign that they’ve established themselves as an elite contender in 2022.
Houston looked like the better team in last week’s encounter and it figures to have an advantage on the mound in this one. Framber Valdez, who ranks eighth in the AL in ERA (2.90), opposes a potentially limited Carrasco. And Justin Verlander will make just his second career Citi Field appearance and first since 2010 when he opposes occasional rotation fill-in Trevor Williams on Wednesday.
Give the edge to the visitors, but keep an eye on the Brantley and Alvarez MLB injury report. Without them, Houston’s attack is quite limited.