While Bartolo Colon is seeking some consistency, the New York Mets have been just that against the Arizona Diamondbacks as they seek a sixth straight win over them in the opener of this three-game set Friday night.
Colon (3-5, 5.34 ERA), who turns 41 on Saturday, has largely been a disappointment through his first nine starts with New York (21-25). The right-hander has been feast or famine, compiling a 2.93 ERA in four starts that ended in Mets wins compared to a 7.58 mark in the five defeats.
The three-time All-Star, however, is coming off one of his best performances of the season, allowing two runs and five hits in eight innings of a 5-2 win at Washington on Saturday.
Colon, though, has followed both of his prior victories with defeats, surrendering 16 runs and 21 hits - five homers - in 9 2-3 innings.
The Mets are also looking to find a rhythm after winning for just the second time in eight games with Thursday's 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"We're trying to do some stuff, but as I told some of the guys, this is when you find out if you can play here," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website. "Grind this out, get through it, and when we start swinging the bats and we got hot, we'll be back on the horse. We're not playing good and we're five games out. That can be made up real fast, especially in our division."
Facing Arizona may also help. The Mets have won five in a row against the Diamondbacks (18-31), thanks in large part to a 2.05 ERA from the rotation. That includes allowing two runs in 18 1-3 innings while sweeping a three-game series at Arizona from April 14-16.
Colon is facing the Diamondbacks for the first since 2006 while with the Los Angeles Angels.
Arizona batted .154 and totaled four runs while being swept in a three-game set with St. Louis, capped by Thursday's 4-2 defeat that was also its fifth loss in seven games.
Paul Goldschmidt hit safely in all three games, but he's hitting .217 over the past 12. The star first baseman has two homers and 10 RBIs during that stretch, but both home runs and six of those RBIs came during an 18-7 win over the Dodgers on Saturday.
That production was key for Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06), who won despite giving up five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander was much better in his major league debut six days earlier, yielding one run and two hits with six strikeouts while leaving with one out in the sixth of a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Granderson is 7 for 16 (.438) with four extra-base hits in the last four games, while Wright is 10 for 25 in the past six.
Wright owns a .343 average with six RBIs and as many runs over his past eight meetings with the Diamondbacks, collecting five hits while plating three runs and sparking last month's sweep at Arizona.
Eric Campbell may be back in the lineup after driving in Granderson on a sacrifice fly Thursday before making a diving catch and doubling off a runner at second in the eighth.
The rookie is 7 for 19 in eight games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.