The Mets start the month of August behind Victor Zambrano on Tuesday night, welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to town for a three-game midweek series.
New York will be looking to wash away some of the bad flavor left over by a disappointing 2-5 road trip to Colorado and Houston, with the Mets salvaging the Astros portion of the trip with a victory on Sunday afternoon.
To this point in the season, home has been where the wins are for the Mets, who are 11 games over .500 at Shea Stadium (32-21) and 10 games under the break-even mark on the road (21-31).
That considered, the Mets must also like their chances with Zambrano, who has turned his season around of late.
Though the righthander is 1-3 over his last five starts, it hasn't been for lack of performance; only one of those starts – his July 22 effort against the Dodgers – failed to qualify as a quality start. Zambrano won his last time out at Colorado on July 27, firing seven innings of two-run, five-hit ball in a 9-3 Mets victory.
Milwaukee counters with righthander Tomo Ohka, the former Washington Nationals hurler who quarreled with manager Frank Robinson earlier this season.
Ohka faced the Mets twice in April as a member of the Nationals, going 1-1. He lost his lone start at Shea this season, allowing four runs and six hits over three-plus innings, taking a 10-5 defeat.
Minor League Report
TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Ken Chenard (1-0, 1.35) picked up his first win at the Triple-A level this season, allowing a run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings Monday as Norfolk defeated Columbus, 7-1. Victor Diaz (.298) stole the show offensively, going 4-for-4 with a home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored.
DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Harrisburg scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning against relievers Rafael Lopez and Jeremy Hill (0-2), sending the B-Mets to a 5-4 loss Monday. Brett Harper homered twice for Binghamton, his eighth and ninth long balls at the Double-A level after hitting 20 for Class-A St. Lucie.
SINGLE-A ST. LUCIE: St. Lucie had Monday off. The Mets open a four-game series at Dunedin on Tuesday night.
SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN: Hagerstown had Monday off. The Suns open a four-game home series against Lake County on Tuesday night.
SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Waner Mateo's solid five-inning start went by the wayside Monday, as Lowell put up a six-run sixth en route to a 8-1 win over Brooklyn. Josh Petersen drove in the Cyclones' only run with a sixth-inning double, plating Nick Evans.
ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: The K-Mets' pitching took it on the chin Monday, allowing 20 runs (17 earned) in a 20-8 loss to Bluefield. Starter Jose Gonzalez (2-2, 7.13) allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 3-1/3 innings, while reliever Javier Perdomo allowed eight runs (six earned) over the next 2-2/3 innings. K-Mets third baseman Matt Anderson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in the loss.