Confident in replicating Citi Field’s success on the road
The Mets were denied another chance to build on their strong home record on Sunday night.
Now they will try to replicate that on the road for a change.
With Sunday’s series final against the Braves postponed, the Mets were content with a 4-1 at home that pushed their record at Citi Field this season to 15-5. They flew to Arizona on Sunday night to begin a nine-game road trip, which also stops in San Diego and Baltimore, hoping to improve their road record to 10-15.
“We are playing very well at home,” said coach Luis Rojas. “We want to bring this game to the road. I don’t think there’s a different mindset we take on the road, we just have a different track record on the road.
“But I think the guys are also comfortable playing on the road. Here the crowd helps a lot. I know the guys are energized by our audience, by how great they’ve been. Our players feel the support. But I know we can take this game on the road as well.
The Mets will start the journey with their ace on the mound, as Jacob deGrom’s departure has been pushed back to Monday due to rain on Sunday. David Peterson, who was originally scheduled to start on Saturday if the Braves series didn’t have rain, will now launch on Tuesday, followed by Marcus Stroman on Wednesday.
While JD Davis (left hand sprain, joint inflammation) started swinging a bat again on Sunday, Brandon Nimmo (left index bone contusion) still doesn’t swing.
“We want him not to suffer when he swings, when he makes contact,” Rojas said. “We’re pretty happy with the treatment this time around and the progression Brandon is going to take. It should start to sway in a few days or so.
Dellin Betances (right shoulder conflict) has kicked off several parallel sessions, but the Mets have yet to discuss a potential rehab assignment for him as he works to strengthen his shoulder.
“He’s in good physical condition right now, much better than he was at the start of the season,” said Rojas.
Outfielder Mason Williams, who reached .373 with a 1.026 OPS in 19 games with Triple-A Syracuse, will join the Mets taxi team for the trip.