New York has won five straight and nine of 11 to climb within 1 1/2 games of Philadelphia for the NL wild-card lead. The Mets are eight games above .500 for the first time since their pennant-winning season of 2000.
Steve Trachsel made a triumphant season debut Friday, allowing two hits in eight innings in his first start since back surgery in March to lead New York to a 1-0 win over the Giants.
Wright hit his 21st home run off Giants starter Kevin Correia for New York’s only run.
The Mets third baseman has been on a tear at the plate, hitting safely in eight straight games. Wright is batting .485 (16-for-33) with four home runs and eight RBIs over that span.
New York’s pitching has also been excellent, allowing only seven earned runs during a 5-0 start on its seven-game road trip.
Tom Glavine will take the mound for the Mets on Saturday. The veteran southpaw has won three of his last four decisions and is 4-3 with a 2.40 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.
Glavine has 272 career wins, one short of Red Ruffing for 29th place on the all-time list.
The Giants will counter with Schmidt, who has won three straight decisions and is coming off a 4-2 victory over St. Louis on Sunday. The right-hander allowed four runs and struck out three in six scoreless innings.
Schmidt is 3-0 with a 3.65 ERA in four starts this month.