The Mets had a chance to bury the Rangers, but the offense never materialized in their sleepy 7-3 loss at Citi Field.
The Mets hitters went 0-for-7 with the runners in the scoring position and left six men on base, giving the team their sixth loss in their last nine games. Despite Eduardo Escobar staying home for the second time in as many days and going 2-for-4 with Starling Marte’s two-run dinger, the Mets lineup can string together a rally or find some consistency before The game was over.
Trevor Williams was not as quick against the Rangers as he has been of late for the Mets. On a day when Max Scherzer credited Williams as one of the leading pitchers in his absence, Williams threw batting practice at the bottom of the Texas lineup.
Right fielder Cole Calhoun took Williams deep twice, and catcher Jonah Heim fired a single to join the home run party. The Mets’ early lead was quickly erased by Marte’s two-run homer in the first innings and Rangers maintained their lead through the second innings.
Williams entered this season on Saturday, conceding six home runs in 42 innings, but scored five home runs in her last two starts. Williams was forced to go back into the rotation on Saturday after Chris Bassitt moved on to COVID IL. David Peterson, Saturday’s original starter, was moved to Friday, leaving the weekend slot open for Williams.
The Mets will hope to win the rubber match on Sunday behind Carlos Carrasco, who has struggled recently amid lower back pain and disappointing results. Carrasco has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 17.2 innings. He will look to return to MLB this year in the series finale against .690 OPS, the 22nd-placed Rangers offense.