|New York Mets (22-19) at Pittsburgh Pirates (19-22)||7:05 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|J. Santana (L)||8||1-2||2.89||6.1||0-1||4.73||5/16||CIN||ND||6.2||6||2||1-0||19.2||3.66|
|E. Bedard (L)||8||2-5||3.07||5.2||0-2||1.80||5/16||@WSH||L||6.0||6||4||1-1||12.0||4.50|
David Wright didn't play in any of the New York Mets' eight games against Pittsburgh last season. The Pirates probably aren't looking forward to renewing acquaintances this week.
Wright will try to help the Mets win consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks when they open a three-game series against the Pirates on Monday night.
Even an illness barely slowed Wright down over the weekend. The third baseman sat out New York's shutout loss to Toronto on Saturday, then went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a walk in a 6-5 win Sunday, raising his major-league leading batting average to .412.
Wright didn't face Pittsburgh in 2011 due to injury. While his .264 average versus the Pirates is tied for his lowest against an NL opponent, he put together an eight-game hitting streak against them from June 4, 2009-Sept. 14, 2010, batting .367 in that span.
The Mets (22-19) earned the badly needed victory Sunday after losing four of five.
"It's a great way to leave town and it's a good note to go to Pittsburgh on," left fielder Mike Baxter said after collecting three hits.
Johan Santana (1-2, 2.89 ERA) looks to continue his strong pitching Monday after yet another outing in which he was victimized by a lack of run support and the bullpen blowing the lead for a second straight start.
The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday, departing with the Mets up 3-2.