After RA Dickey’s strong effort Friday night, the Mets are seeking their first road series win of the season tonight at Baltimore.
It would be their first since taking two of three at Florida, Sept. 25-27. They haven’t won two straight on the road since July 25-26, at Houston.
The Mets are a dismal 9-18 away from home.
The Mets have six of their last seven after Dickey’s outing, another in a string of strong pitching performances. In that span the Mets’ ERA is 2.22 ERA and giving up just two homers.
The lone poor start was by tonight’s starter, Hisanori Takahashi, who is 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in his last two starts. This after going six scoreless innings in each of his first two starts, against Philadelphia and the Yankees.
In his last start, Takahashi gave up five runs in 5 1/3 in a no-decision against Florida.
Not knowing what they’ll get from Takahashi, the Mets are thinking they’ll need to do it with offense, in particular, the surging Jose Reyes and David Wright.
Reyes is hitting .360 with two homers, two triples, 10 RBI and seven stolen bases in his last 18 games. In his past 11 games, Wright is batting .462 with two homers and nine RBI.
Wright has nine RBI in seven games against the Orioles, and will play as the designated hitter tonight.