After going a disappointing 6-6 on their homestand against Arizona, San Francisco, Houston and the Angels – including losing four of the last five games – the Mets need to test their mettle away from Shea Stadium to make up ground in the tightly-contested NL East.
Even though New York comes into their six games on the left coast at Oakland and Seattle a game over .500 at 32-31, the Mets find themselves tied for last place in a division where all clubs are over .500 and no team trails another by more than 2-1/2 games.
They've also struggled on the road this year, faring just 10-16 away from Queens.
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TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: The Tides had an off-day Monday, and open a two-game series against Charlotte on Tuesday. Norfolk (37-28) leads Durham by 7.5 games in the International League South.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Ken Chenard allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his fifth victory, while Chase Lambin (11) and Joe Hietpas (4) homered to support Binghamton's 3-2 win over New Hampshire Monday. Binghamton (29-30) resides in fourth place and trails Portland by 4.5 games in the Eastern League Northern Division.
HIGH-A ST. LUCIE: The Jupiter Hammerheads rode a five-run third inning to a 6-5 win over Greg Ramirez and the St. Lucie Mets on Monday. Lastings Milledge had three hits, including two doubles, to raise his average to .301, while Caleb Stewart homered as part of a 3-for-3 performance to raise his average to .306. St. Lucie (26-35) trails Vero Beach by 10.5 games in the Florida State League East.
LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: The Suns scored twice in the eighth on a wild pitch and a run-scoring groundout to edge Lexington Monday, 10-9. Kevin Mannix picked up his first win in relief of Matt Durkin, who went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on one hit. Ambiorix Concepcion and Corey Coles contributed two hits apiece for Hagerstown (37-25), which trails first-place Lexington by two games in the South Atlantic League's Northern division.
The Mets hit the road for the West Coast, embarking on a six-game journey that will see them go to Oakland and Seattle. After those series, New York returns to the East Coast but not to Shea; the Mets play a three-game set in Philadelphia before renewing the Subway Series in the Bronx over the weekend.
In all, it's a 12-game, 15-day trip, and it kicks off Tuesday at Oakland with Tom Glavine (4-5, 4.56) pitching against Joe Blanton (1-6, 6.13). First pitch is 10:05 p.m. ET.