A baseball season is full of tests, and the Mets have another tomorrow in Washington. The target for a championship team is to win at home and at least break even on the road, which has not been kind to the Mets over the years.
“We have had some problems last year winning on the road,” Tom Glavine said, “and that’s something we have to do something about.”
The Mets were 35-46 last season away from Shea, but 7-3 at Washington. They have not had a winning season on the road since 1999, when they were 48-34, and have had only two winning seasons since 1988.
The Nationals figure to be in a feisty mood tomorrow after having six players get hit by pitches, including Jose Guillen twice by Pedro Martinez.
When there’s animosity between teams, as there is here, MLB will warn both parties to cool it before the series and each got the message from the home office.
Around the Horn …
Brian Bannister gets his second career start tomorrow. … David Wright is the first Met with RBI in each of the team’s first five games. Regarding the M-V-P chants at Shea, he said: “I think we have some legitimate MVP candidates on this team, me not being one of them.” … Kaz Matsui was the DH in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., today going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases while batting left-handed.