The New York Mets couldn’t have picked a better place to kick off a road trip.
The Mets try for their 11th straight win in Arizona on Thursday when they open a four-game series with the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
New York (16-10) has not lost in Arizona since May 11, 2004. Overall, the Mets, who are opening a seven-game road swing that also include a stop in San Francisco, have won five straight and 12 of 13 against the Diamondbacks (16-13).
New York, which is facing Arizona for the first time this season, is 9-3 on the road.
“A lot of time when you’re a power-hitting club like that, and you come out of New York early on and the ball is not carrying, and now you get into a place like ours where it’s a controlled atmosphere and the ball carries to all fields,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin told his team’s official Web site. “We deal with that a lot. Teams love to come into our place and hit.”
Tom Glavine (3-1, 2.80 ERA), who will start the series opener for New York, has had plenty of success at Chase Field, where he is 8-1 with a 1.37 ERA in nine starts. In 14 lifetime starts against the Diamondbacks, he is 10-3 with a 2.27 ERA—his best ERA against any NL team.
“I’ve pitched extremely well in that ballpark, but I’m certainly not going to take that for granted,” Glavine told the Mets’ team Web site. “I’ve just always been comfortable out there. I like the mound, like the surroundings.”
Glavine has won each of his last three starts against Arizona, allowing just two runs in 21 2-3 innings.
He allowed just one run and three hits in six innings of the Mets’ 12-inning, 6-2 win in Washington on Saturday, but remained seven wins shy of 300. Glavine trails only former Atlanta Braves teammate Greg Maddux, who now pitches for San Diego and has 334 victories, among active pitchers.
The Mets beat Florida 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep at home. Shawn Green went 2-for-4 with a run and is hitting .425 (17-for-40) with six RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.
Jose Reyes, who doubled and scored two runs, was named the NL player of the month after hitting .356 with 26 runs, 18 RBIs and a major league-best 17 steals in April. Teammate John Maine was named the league’s pitcher of the month.
Orlando Hudson went 1-for-3 and has reached base in each of the Diamondbacks’ 29 games.
Micah Owings (1-1, 2.93) will come off the disabled list to start the series opener for Arizona, bumping Edgar Gonzalez to the bullpen. Owings strained his right hamstring running the bases in his last start on April 17, in which he allowed three runs in four innings of Arizona’s 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers without receiving a decision.
Owings won his major league debut on April 6 at Washington, throwing five scoreless innings. But he went 0-1 in his two most recent outings, allowing five runs in 10 1-3 innings.