The New York Mets own the majors’ best road record and look to improve that mark at one of their favorite ballparks.
The Mets go for their 14th straight win at Chase Field when they conclude their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
New York had the best road record in the NL last season at 47-34, and have picked up where they left off. The Mets (19-10) beat the Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday and have outscored opponents 94-32 en route to a 12-3 road record in 2007.
They’ll now try for their third straight four-game sweep at Chase Field and to continue their franchise-record winning streak at a road ballpark.
“It’s been a crazy little streak but hopefully it will continue,” said Mets right fielder Shawn Green, whose team hasn’t lost in Phoenix since May 11, 2004.
Green homered and drove in three runs on Saturday with his 13th multihit game to raise his batting average to .348. Carlos Delgado was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs for the Mets, who are going for their season-high fifth straight win overall.
New York has the highest batting average (.287) and lowest ERA (2.97) in the majors this season, and will need a strong outing from rookie Mike Pelfrey to continue their amazing streak in the Southwest.
Pelfrey (0-3, 6.75 ERA) didn’t receive a decision in his first start of 2007 and since has allowed 13 runs through 14 1-3 innings over three starts. He gave up three runs in the first inning Tuesday, but retired 17 of the last 20 batters he faced in a 5-2 loss to Florida.
The right-hander, who will face Arizona (16-16) for the first time, allowed five hits over a career-high 6 1-3 innings to the Marlins.
“Pelfrey threw the ball well after he settled down,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said. “He showed me something.”
Livan Hernandez (2-1, 3.55), meanwhile will try to end the Mets’ run and help the Diamondbacks avoid their season-high sixth straight defeat. They’ve been outscored 24-11 and have batted just .191 during their skid.
Hernandez held the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run and six hits through six innings, but didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday. The right-hander walked six for the second time in four starts, struck out five and threw a season-high 124 pitches.
“A lot of times when Livan is walking somebody, it’s semi-intentionally,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s not going to give in. He’s going to be real fine on the corners, and at times he’ll pitch around a guy to get to the next guy. So it’s not like he’s just missing and has no command. He’s got great command.”
Hernandez is 10-12 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 career starts versus the Mets - his most appearances against any opponent. He is 0-4 with an 8.23 ERA in his last six starts against them.
Green—a former Diamondback—is batting .345 (19-for-55) with three homers during his career versus Hernandez.
Arizona’s Orlando Hudson walked in the first inning Saturday to reach base for the 32nd straight game, the third-best streak in franchise history. Hudson leads the team with a .350 batting average and has gone 13-for-35 during a nine-game hitting streak.