Neither Kris Benson nor his New York Mets teammates have enjoyed much success on the road this season. They will be looking to reverse that trend when they face the San Diego Padres in the middle game of their series.
The Mets dropped the opener of their six-game road trip, 8-3 on Tuesday. New York fell a season-high 11 games below .500 on the road.
Benson is 3-2 with a 5.10 ERA in seven road starts this season, compared to 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 11 home starts. However, he’s coming off a pair of bad losses. The veteran right-hander allowed a combined 11 runs and 17 hits over just 10 1-3 innings in losing to Milwaukee 12-9 at home on Thursday, and at Houston, 5-2 on July 29. The efforts upped his ERA from 3.14 to 3.72.
Prior to those two outings, Benson had gone 14 straight starts without allowing more than four earned runs.
“I’m not going to right now analyze the fact that he’s had a couple of tough outings,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “He’s pitched well for us all year, so that happens sometimes. He has to get back on track.”
The NL West-leading Padres have won five straight games and six of seven. Their hot streak follows a span in which they lost 12 of 13, including being swept in a three-game series at New York from July 19-21 that started an 0-6 road trip.