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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Preview: Game 40 - Mets at Blue Jays - Mets look to bounce back after a dreadful night

New York Mets (21-18) at Toronto Blue Jays (22-18) 1:07 PM ET
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M. Batista (R) 3 1-1 4.265.20-02.925/14MILW7.0401-015.01.80
B. Morrow (R) 8 4-2 2.225.21-24.135/14TBL5.0412-120.00.90

J.P. Arencibia and the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to slug their way to another four-game winning streak.

Brandon Morrow would appreciate another offensive barrage and surely wouldn't mind avoiding the New York Mets' top threat.

Arencibia and Morrow will try to help the Blue Jays match their longest win streak of the season Saturday against the Mets, who could be without David Wright.

Toronto (22-18) is hitting .311 with 11 homers and 26 runs during its three-game winning streak, putting it one victory from its third four-game run of 2012.

The Blue Jays' bats showed few signs of slowing Friday, collecting 12 hits - including a season-high five homers - in a 14-5 victory over New York (21-18) in the opener of this three-game set.

Arencibia has been a big part of the team's recent production, going 7 for 13 with four homers and 10 RBIs during the three-game streak.

The catcher hit two homers and drove in a career-best six runs in Friday's rout.

"I'm a guy that drives in runs," said Arencibia, who has 26 RBIs. "To drive in six and get that cushion for your pitcher out there is big."

Morrow (4-2, 2.22 ERA) didn't get much help from his teammates in his most recent trip to the mound Monday. The right-hander allowed six runs - one earned - all in the fifth inning before he exited a 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay. He finished with seven strikeouts and four walks, while Toronto mustered four hits with two errors.

Morrow had won his previous four starts behind a 0.65 ERA while fanning 30 in 27 2-3 innings.

"I didn't think Brandon had the power to his stuff that he typically has had, particularly over this last four-start stretch for him," manager John Farrell told the team's official website. "Not only has he been powerful, he also has had very good command."

Morrow's strong command has been evident over his last six interleague starts. He's 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 40 2-3 innings with the Jays winning each game. His last defeat to an NL opponent came at Colorado on June 12, 2010, and his chances of continuing that interleague success may increase if Wright is given the day off.

The third baseman went 1 for 3 with a double in the series opener despite feeling ill. Wright leads the majors with a .409 batting average and tops the Mets with 22 RBIs.

"It's just one of those things where it takes a few days to get better," Wright told the team's official website. "After that, I should be good to go."

Ike Davis, who was rested Friday, may be needed to help pick up the slack in Wright's absence. The first baseman is hitting .164 with five homers and 14 RBIs on the season, and is 1 for 19 over the past six games.

Daniel Murphy will try to continue doing his part after he had an RBI double Friday. He has a .418 average with six doubles and eight RBIs in the past 14 contests.

New York's Miguel Batista (1-1, 4.26) didn't need much help from the lineup Monday, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over Milwaukee.

The right-hander is 3-2 with a 1.70 ERA in nine games - six starts - against his former club, but hasn't faced the Jays since a relief appearance with Seattle on Sept. 27, 2009.

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