The Mets salvaged the last game of this past homestand by beating the Yankees, 2-0, but they still finished 1-8 on the homestand and are 28-34 overall.
They have fared better on the road this year, and they have a tough stretch ahead of them during this 10-game road trip against the Braves, Diamondbacks and Rockies.
Here are five storylines to watch this week:
Another series in Atlanta
The Mets face the Braves in Atlanta for the third and final time this season, and the Braves have their number as the Mets are just 3-7 against them.
The teams split a four-game set at SunTrust Park earlier this year, and the Braves are coming off a rough road trip. Atlanta leads the Mets by 7 1/2 games in the NL East.
Dominic Smith time
Dominic Smith has been promoted after the team cut Adrian Gonzalez, and he should receive plenty of at-bats until Wilmer Flores returns.
Smith has not lived up to his reputation of being an all-fields hitter, but team officials believe he has not yet shown his true potential. A good showing by Smith would provide the Mets with a stable option at the position, and possibly as trade bait if they decide to go with Peter Alonso for the future.
Jose Reyes’ final days?
Jose Reyes survived Sunday’s cuts, but he may not have much more time left with the organization. The Mets expect Flores back during this road trip, and they’ll have to decide at that point between Reyes, Ty Kelly and Luis Guillorme.
It helps’ Reyes cause that Guillorme has options, and that Kelly can easily be designated for assignment.
How’s Asdrubal Cabrera?
Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday’s game with right quad tightness, and an update will be provided today. He has missed only game this year, but the Mets have to be careful with him since he’s an older veteran and tends to play through aches.
Hamstring injuries can linger, and the Mets can’t afford to lose Cabrera for an extended stretch.
How ‘sweep’ it was
The Mets swept the Diamondbacks at Citi Field in May, and they now will meet at Chase Field for a four-game series. Arizona is playing better since that moment, but its offense remains an issue.
The Mets were able to capitalize on Arizona’s lack of hitting at Citi Field, but Chase Field is a hitter-friendly park that is tough on pitchers.
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