NEW YORK — Todd Frazier says the New York Mets won’t win every day, but the Milwaukee Brewers and the rest of baseball could be forgiven for wondering just if and when the Mets will finally lose again.
The scorching Mets will look to run their winning streak to 10 games Saturday night when they host the Brewers in the middle game of a three-game series at Citi Field. New York continued its franchise-best start with a 6-5 victory in Friday’s opener.
The Mets’ Matt Harvey (0-0, 3.60 ERA) is scheduled to face the Brewers’ Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.38 ERA) in a battle of winless right-handers.
Frazier, who signed as a free agent in February, hit his first two homers with the Mets on Friday as New York improved to 11-1. It’s just the 20th time since 1900 a team has been 11-1 or better through 12 games.
“We don’t feel pressure at all, we’re just going out there, playing the game we love,” Frazier said. “We expect to win. That’s a good feeling. I think once you expect to win and you truly believe it, I think there’s no going wrong.”
The Mets’ start is even more impressive considering they were just 70-92 last season. Only three of the previous 19 teams to start 11-1 or better finished with a losing record the season before, and only the 2003 Kansas City Royals (62-100 in 2002) were coming off a worse campaign than the Mets.
“You’re not going to win every game, don’t get me wrong,” Frazier said, “But expectations out of yourself and out of your team, we expect to win every day. And that’s how we go about our year.”
The Brewers (7-7) haven’t been nearly as successful thus far as the Mets, but manager Craig Counsell saw some positive signs in the approach by Milwaukee on Friday, when it fell for the seventh time in 11 games.
“I thought we swung the bats much better tonight,” Counsell said. “I thought for the first time in a while we were pretty consistent, had some guys hit some balls hard.”
The Brewers tied a season high by hitting three homers — two-run shots by Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun and a solo blast by Travis Shaw. The three homers equaled the total hit the previous four games by Milwaukee, which scored at least five runs for the sixth time.
“‘Aggy’ had a nice night. It was nice to see ‘Brauny’ with an opposite-field homer,” Counsell said. “I thought there was some positive signs tonight for the offense.”
Both Harvey and Anderson will be pitching for the first time since last Sunday.
Harvey didn’t factor into the decision after giving up four runs in five innings of the Mets’ 6-5, 12-inning win over the Washington Nationals. Anderson took the loss after surrendering two runs in six innings as the Brewers fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-0.