David Wright(notes) has erased any lingering doubts about the state of his back following an extended stay on the disabled list. On Monday night, fans in Flushing will get reacquainted with the five-time All-Star.
Wright is scheduled to appear in his first game at Citi Field in nearly three months as the Mets open a 10-game homestand with the first of three against the Florida Marlins.
Wright missed 58 games with a stress fracture in his lower back before being activated July 22 against the Marlins. The third baseman hit safely in all 10 games on the road trip, batting .455 (20 for 44) with two homers and 12 RBIs while the Mets went 6-4.
He recorded multiple hits in seven straight contests - one short of matching a 32-year old franchise record - and raised his average 53 points to .279.
Wright is expected to take the field in New York for the first time since going 0 for 3 on May 8 in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s batting .242 in 19 home games this year.
Making his Marlins debut on April 3, the right-hander was lit up for seven runs - four earned - with six hits and five walks in 2 1-3 innings of a 9-2 loss.
Vazquez comes in looking for his fourth win in five starts. He gave up a run over seven innings Wednesday in a 7-5 win at Washington.
His only appearance at Citi Field was a gem as he yielded one hit, walked two and struck out six in six innings of a 2-1 win for the New York Yankees on May 21, 2010.
The Mets’ Mike Pelfrey(notes) (6-9, 4.55) tries one more time to end his struggles against Florida. The right-hander is 0-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 starts versus the Marlins since a 17-3 rout in his major league debut against them on July 8, 2006.
After that, New York has gone 3-11 and provided Pelfrey with two runs or fewer eight times.
Pelfrey, who didn’t get a decision in the Mets’ 7-6 win over Florida on July 22, tossed a seven-hitter for his second complete game of the season in an 8-2 rout of Cincinnati on Wednesday.
“It’s frustrating to lose back-to-back games,” Hairston said. “We’re playing good as a whole. … There’s a lot of time left.”
With less than two months left in the regular season, New York (55-53) would need to make up a lot of ground. The Mets are 13 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Philadelphia, and tied with Pittsburgh for fourth in the wild card race, 7 1/2 games in back of Atlanta.
Florida (53-55) avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win at Atlanta on Sunday, its sixth victory in eight games.
Emilio Bonifacio(notes) had a solo homer, his 38th hit in July to tie Atlanta’s Michael Bourn(notes) and Freddie Freeman(notes) for second-most in the NL. The Mets’ Daniel Murphy(notes) totaled 40 hits.