Perhaps one of the “fairest” ballparks in Major League Baseball (not to mention the most beautiful), PNC Park in Pittsburgh has seemed a little biased against the visiting Mets these past two games.
Even Matt Harvey seemed a little “penetrable” with his back to the Allegheny on Saturday. The test, I believe, the Mets will be facing the next four and a half months is how they fare against playoff-caliber opponents as a visitor as well as a host.
With a 4-9 record against the NL Central and not even a sniff of a game against the NL West yet, the Mets have several pitcher friendly matchups both home and away to hopefully tip the scales back in their favor.
With Atlanta taking water into their lungs at the .500 level, the competition is starting to look a little more fierce for these Metropolitans as we near the halfway mark to the all-star break.
With a one week homestand against the bottom two rungs of the NL East ladder looming, hopefully the Mets can escape Pittsburgh having holstered the brooms of PNC’s patrons and outshined the weekend series finale’s pierogi race winner.
Look for Niese to outlast Liriano and the bullpen to close the broom closet doors.
Here are some facts to know before this afternoon’s finale:
The Mets will look to avoid being swept today. The last time the Pirates swept the Mets in a three-game series was June 1-4, 2009 in Pittsburgh. New York has been swept just once this year, a four-game series at Wrigley against the Cubs.
The Mets have lost their last six road games and are 7-14 on the road this season and 2-5 in road series. Today ends a stretch of 14 consecutive games vs. the NL Central and the Mets have gone 4-9 in those contests.
The Mets have scored three runs or fewer in 18 of their last 25 games, and overall they have scored three runs or less 25 times this season, tied for the most in the majors with the Phillies. The Mets are 7-18 when scoring three or fewer runs.
The Mets bullpen has not allowed a run in its last 14.2 innings dating to May 19. The bullpen has a 1.53 ERA this month, the second-lowest in the majors, behind Detroit (1.22 ERA). Opponents are hitting .189 vs. the pen and overall, they rank fourth in the majors with a 2.33 ERA.