With Saturday's victory, Toronto has a winning 6-5 record at home in the head-to-head series and is on the verge of its first sweep of the Mets. Those numbers may seem insignificant given the rarity with which the two teams play each other, but then take into consideration that the Blue Jays have never beaten the Mets in their nine meetings in New York, getting swept in all three trips to the Big Apple.
To try and finish off the sweep Sunday, the Blue Jays will call on right-hander Henderson Alvarez to square off with the Mets' Dillon Gee. Alvarez has posted a 1.51 ERA in his last five starts, but is just 3-2 due to a lack of defensive and offensive support in the two losses.
In Alvarez's last outing against the Rays, his defense committed four errors that ultimately led to five unearned runs (two charged to Alvarez) in the loss.
"[Alvarez] is really good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after his club faced the 22-year-old. "That kid is going to be really good -- he already is really good."
As for Gee, he didn't receive much support in his last outing either -- though the right-hander didn't do much to help himself. Gee was tagged for seven earned runs for the second time this season Tuesday, lasting just 5 1/3 innings in an 8-0 shutout loss to the Brewers.
"I felt great today, really," Gee said after watching his season ERA jump to 5.65. "I don't know, man. I'm at a loss for words. Like I said, I felt good out there. I felt like I made a lot of good pitches. In my mind, I only made a few mistakes. Some things didn't go my way. I don't know what to say."
Mets: Wright could miss second straight game Sunday
It seems the only thing that has been able to slow down Mets third baseman David Wright this season is something the team is calling a bad head cold.
Wright played through the illness Friday night, but he sat out Saturday's loss after the cold worsened overnight. Though manager Terry Collins said it obviously depends on how Wright feels Sunday, the Mets skipper wasn't very confident that he'd have his top slugger back for the series finale.
"I'd stay an arm's-length distance," Collins said Saturday morning. "He's sicker today than he was [Friday], and he wasn't very good [Friday]."
Wright leads all Major Leaguers with his .409 batting average and .510 on-base percentage.
Blue Jays: Davis getting starts in place of Rasmus
Rajai Davis started in place of Colby Rasmus in center field for the second straight game Saturday, as Rasmus' early-season struggles have continued.
Manager John Farrell said the move has as much to do with wanting to get Davis more at-bats, as it does with Rasmus' .203 average and nearly month-long home run drought.
"It's about giving [Rasmus] another day to do some extra work with [hitting coach] Dwayne Murphy in the cage," Farrell said before Saturday's victory. "Give him a little bit of a breather. ... Rajai continues to swing the bat and play extremely well."
The Blue Jays have already clinched just their second series victory against the Mets in seven tries. Their other series triumph came in 1998, when they took two of three from New York.
Alvarez has never faced any current Mets player and the only Blue Jays that Gee has faced are Kelly Johnson (0-for-3) and Ben Francisco (0-for-1).