The New York Mets got a little help from the weather in order to complete their first sweep of 2010. They might need a better offensive showing if they're going to help Oliver Perez get his first victory of the season.
The Mets look to extend their season-high winning streak to five games Monday night when they open a three-game set against the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers.New York (10-9) is above .500 for the first time since opening day after beating Atlanta 1-0 on Sunday as heavy rain halted the contest in the sixth inning and secured its first series sweep."We deserve a break here and there," manager Jerry Manuel said.The Mets are now searching for a fifth consecutive victory for the first time since July 25-30. Outstanding pitching has been key over the last four games, as the staff owns a 1.41 ERA during the stretch to compensate for an offense hitting .239 with one homer.Perez (0-2, 3.71 ERA) is hoping the Mets break out offensively after providing him with five total runs of support in losing all three of his starts.The left-hander fell victim to the struggling offense again in Wednesday's 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He labored through 97 pitches in five innings while allowing three runs while the bats produced one run of help."If I don't have my fastball ... I have to throw (off-speed pitches) more," Perez told the team's official website. "They helped me."Perez is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers. He engineered the Mets' only win in six meetings against them last year, allowing two runs and four hits with seven walks in five innings of a 5-4 victory on July 8 at Citi Field.The Mets are winning despite a slumping David Wright. They've won six of eight while the All-Star third baseman has hit .154 with four RBIs.A series with Los Angeles could spur Wright. He has a .425 average with four homers and 35 RBIs in 39 meetings.The Dodgers are entering the final series of their nine-game road trip. So far, they've dropped four of six, including Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Washington. Los Angeles mustered five runs and a .204 batting average during the three-game set against the Nationals."We need to get better. We just need to get it all together," manager Joe Torre said.Torre will give the ball to Hiroki Kuroda (2-0, 2.18), who is looking to help them to a win for a fourth consecutive start.The right-hander, though, was shaky in his last trip to the mound Wednesday, surrendering six runs -- three earned -- and seven hits while serving up two homers in 5 2/3 innings of a 14-6 win at Cincinnati.Kuroda has thrived away from home, going 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA in his last seven starts. However, he's 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA in two road meetings versus the Mets.Matt Kemp, the Dodgers' leader with seven homers and 20 RBIs, has feasted on Mets' pitching, hitting .436 with six RBIs in the last 10 matchups in New York. The center fielder is also 4 for 11 with a double and a homer against Perez.