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The Astros have a two-game winning streak for the first time in seven months. Now they try to sweep a series for the first time since the end of August. Good pitching and timely hitting set the stage in Tuesday’s 6-1 win and Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Mets.
Now they turn to J.A. Happ (1-2, 5.79 ERA) to try and finish off the sweep. Happ has delivered just one quality start in his first three appearances this season. After joining the Astros in midseason last year, he had nine quality starts in his 13 outings. The Mets counter with Chris Capuano (1-1, 8.76 ERA). The Mets southpaw was roughed up in his last start, giving up seven runs without making it out of the sixth inning against the Rockies.
The struggling Mets, who are off to their worst start since a 3-15 record in 1964, should get some help in the lineup today. Jason Bay makes his season debut after opening the year on the disabled list. The Astros will likely be without Bill Hall. He had to leave Wednesday’s game after making a catch in foul territory and slamming his legs into an advertising display on the fence. The veteran infielder has a sprained ankle and is listed as day-to-day.
The Astros last sweep came against the Cardinals, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 last summer. The last time they swept the Mets in New York was in 1993.