The New York Mets have no answers offensively during a winless trip, though they could make strides facing a pitcher who has been battered at Miller Park.
As the Mets try to avoid their longest skid in four years, Jimmy Nelson hopes to help the Milwaukee Brewers take the first two of this three-game series Wednesday night.
New York (36-36) is having trouble getting anything going during its road swing, batting .168 with four home runs and eight runs scored while losing all six games.
Curtis Granderson provided one of the few highlights with his 10th home run Tuesday as the Mets had four hits for the second straight game in a 3-2 defeat.
Dilson Herrera (1 for 17), Juan Lagares (3 for 23), Lucas Duda (3 for 21) and Michael Cuddyer (3 for 21) are among those scuffling on the trip. It certainly doesn’t help that David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud are out with injuries.
”Unless someone fooled me and we’re this bad,” manager Terry Collins said. ”But I don’t think we are.”
The Mets haven’t lost seven straight since April 2011 and are looking to break through against Nelson. The right-hander has given up double-digit hits in back-to-back losses for the first time in 27 starts.
After allowing seven runs and 10 hits over five innings in a 7-2 home defeat to Washington on June 13, Nelson yielded three runs and a career-worst 11 hits over five in Friday’s 3-2 loss at Kansas City.
"He was hit hard," manager Craig Counsell told MLB’s official website. "I think we were fortunate to get through those five innings with three runs."
Nelson (3-8, 4.64 ERA) also has struggled at Miller Park, going 0-3 with a 6.93 ERA in his last four starts. However, he’s gone 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.
The NL Central-worst Brewers (26-46) can claim their first back-to-back wins since June 11-12 if they can beat Bartolo Colon (9-5, 4.81) for the second time this season.
The 42-year-old will try to regroup after allowing seven runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings in Friday’s 7-1 loss at Toronto. He had gone 3-1 with a 3.46 ERA over his prior four outings.
Colon – trying to become the NL’s second 10-game winner – has received a decision in a club-record 26 consecutive starts, going 16-10 with a 4.45 ERA since July 23.
The right-hander has faced the Brewers twice since 2002. He allowed one run over seven innings in a 6-1 road win in June 2013 and gave up six runs over five innings in a 7-0 home defeat in May.
Ryan Braun homered off Colon in that contest, Gerardo Parra has a home run and a double in three at-bats in the matchup and Aramis Ramirez is 4 for 9 with a homer.
Adam Lind is 6 for 19 with a home run versus Colon. He had an RBI single and hit the seventh-inning double that Cuddyer misplayed, allowing Carlos Gomez to score the go-ahead run Tuesday.
”Nothing’s going our way right now,” Cuddyer said after the Mets fell to .500 for the first time since they were 3-3 on April 12.