The Mets are ready to take on somebody their own size — on opponent’s turf.

Instead of treating series in Baltimore and Cleveland as an annoyance, the Mets saw an opportunity to flex their muscles and improve their road record. They did both, winning the first five of a nine-game road trip, outscoring teams, 34-16. Thursday’s late game ended too late for this edition.

“We’re not going to overlook [anyone]. We understand how bad we’ve played on the road,”?said Jeff Francoeur about the Mets’ 13-18 road record.


In the end, a win is a win, but a series victory over the loaded Yankees would surely be more respected both inside and outside of the Mets’ clubhouse. The Mets have won 15 of 20 since taking two of three from the Yankees at Citi Field last month.

But while appreciating what they have done up to this point, the Mets aren’t basking in past performances.

Nor are they expecting a celebratory parade for competing game in, game out with their cross-town rivals.

“This is the way we should be playing,” David Wright said. “What you’ve done up to this point means nothing when you go play a series.”

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