Yesterday, the Mets completed a three game home sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, after previously taking two of three from the cross town rival Yankees. The Mets more than just survived that tough six game stretch. They played well enough to win all six while allowing only 10 runs during their six game home stand. Their starting pitching was great during that run, accounting for all five wins. Prior to those five wins, Mike Pelfrey recorded the starters’ only victory during the month of May, a 3-2 win in Atlanta. Many fans are getting on Met management for not having a good rotation, but that isn’t the biggest problem surrounding the Mets right now..

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The biggest question mark for this Mets team all season has been their starting pitching behind Johan Santana. Mike Pelfrey answered the bell right at the beginning of the season and has raced out to a 7-1 record so far. After Pelfrey and Santana though, John Maine, Jonathon Niese, Oliver Perez, R.A. Dickey, and Hisanori Takahashi have started games for the Mets. With Perez banished to the bullpen, and Maine and Niese on the DL, the door was open for Dickey and Takahashi. Both pitchers have taken advantage of their opportunities. Dickey is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts. Takahashi is 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA as a starter. More impressive, he has blanked the Yankees and Phillies.

If the Mets continue to play well and stay in the hunt for either the division or wild card berth, they will undoubtedly be in the market for another arm for their starting rotation. That would give the rotation much needed depth and allow either Takahashi or Dickey to give the bullpen another weapon.

This leaves the Mets with one glaring problem: They can’t win away from Citi Field.

At Citi Field the Mets are 19-9, the best record in Major League Baseball. Away from home though, they are a paltry 6-14, which is the worst record in the National League.

Every team that they’ve played away from Citi Field has had at least a .500 record and nine of the games were against playoff caliber teams (Phillies, Reds, and Cardinals). If the Mets went 10-10 in their first 20 road games (a four game improvement) they’d be in 1st place right now. Their next five series away from Citi Field are against the Brewers, Padres, Orioles, Indians, and Yankees. It isn’t inconceivable to think the Mets can turn their road record around by the end of June. If they don’t win on the road, their stellar home record won’t mean anything.

Will the Mets turn it around on the road?

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