(AP) — The New York Mets and Houston Astros were expected to be among the worst teams in the NL this season.
So far, David Wright and the Mets are among the best.
Wright and the Mets will try to conclude an impressive month on a positive note Monday night in the opener of a three-game road set against the Astros.
New York (13-9) and Houston (8-14) both finished well out of playoff contention last season and that’s expected to be the case again in 2012.
The Mets, however, have surpassed expectations in the first month, owning one of the league’s best records after winning for the fifth time in six games Sunday. They’re batting .312 and averaging 5.3 runs during that stretch.
Their strong play continued Sunday with a 6-5 win in 11 innings at Colorado. Ike Davis singled in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame two tying homers allowed by their bullpen.
“There were some very positive things on a day when we should have won this game a lot easier than we did,” manager Terry Collins said.
Wright is hitting .397 with three homers and 14 RBIs after enduring his worst offensive season in 2011. He struggled through injuries and had a .254 average, 14 home runs and 61 RBIs.
The All-Star third baseman is 9 for 20 with three doubles, one homer and six RBIs in the past six games.
Wright, though, is 4 for 32 with two homers in his last 10 meetings with Houston, and is 0 for 8 with four strikeouts against Bud Norris, Monday’s scheduled starter.
The Mets will give the ball to R.A. Dickey (3-1, 4.44 ERA) hoping he can build on perhaps his best start of the season.