The Mets would appear to have all the momentum on their side entering Sunday's series finale against the Twins at Target Field.
They've bounced back from consecutive losses with back-to-back wins in Minnesota, the first a 16-5 blowout and the second highlighted by Matt Harvey's carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. And they are going for their first sweep of the season against an opponent on a five-game losing streak.
But if momentum really is only as good as your next day's starter, Kevin Correia might be Minnesota's best chance at stopping its skid. Correia, Minnesota's most consistent starter so far this season, will toe the slab Sunday afternoon as the Twins try to avoid getting swept by Dillon Gee and the Mets.
Correia is the only Twins starter to pitch seven full innings this season, which he did in each of his first two starts. Although Correia's record is 0-1, both of his outings have been quality starts, including Monday's loss in Kansas City in which he took a shutout into the eighth inning. Correia's final line: three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings -- and a loss.
"That was a great performance by our starting pitcher, and it's unfortunate that he gets an 'L' for that," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Monday. "We'll take that every game."
The Mets, meanwhile, will go for the sweep behind Gee, who is coming off the shortest start of his career. Gee gave up three homers in five pitches in Philadelphia his last time out, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits in three innings.
"There's not a whole lot to say," Gee said Monday. "A terrible night, but you've got to move past it. I've had a bad outing before, but I've bounced back. And I'll do it again."
At this point, both clubs are hoping just to get the game in. As chilly as this weekend's weather has been in Minneapolis, Sunday's forecast calls for a good chance of rain, sleet and snow, meaning there is a chance the game could be postponed. The Mets would certainly appreciate a chance to play Sunday, so that they might stay hot despite the cold weather.
"It's much warmer when we're swinging the bats well," Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill said. "It's easier to stay warm and stay loose when you're up there all the time. Hopefully those innings continue. We've been swinging the bats well, and hopefully it's a sign of things to come for us."
Mets: Wright racks up more Interleague RBIs
• David Wright went 1-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday, giving him 94 career RBIs against American League opponents, the most for any player in Mets history. He also extended his Interleague hitting streak to 13 games, giving him at least one hit in 16 of his last 17 Interleague games and 20 of his last 22.
• Daniel Murphy picked up two hits and drove in a run Saturday, his second straight multi-hit game and his fifth in his last six games. Murphy is hitting .500 (10-for-20) with five doubles and five RBIs in five games on the Mets' current road stretch.
Twins: Gardy pleased with rotation so far
• Through 11 games, Twins starters have combined for a 6.32 ERA, second worst in the Majors, and just one win with six losses while throwing only 52 2/3 innings. But Gardenhire has been mostly happy with his rotation's work, citing his starters' ability to at least keep the game close enough for Minnesota's lineup to rally back.
"We've had a couple rough ones," Gardenhire said. "That kind of skews the whole thing if you look at the big picture. Guys have done a lot better. They've gotten us into games. We've stayed in games. All you ask for is chances, and we've had chances from Day 1. We've had opportunities.
"Just keep giving us opportunities like that to figure out a way to score runs, and we'll be OK, because we can do that. We can score some runs. ... We just have to have chances. I like what I've seen so far. The pace of the game is really important, especially on these really cold days. When you get out there, stuff happens. We always see that. Throw it over and get them off. ... Throw it over, and hopefully we'll catch it for you, and we'll go from there."
• Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with a double Saturday, extending his hitting streak to seven games.
• The Mets' win Saturday locked up their third series victory of 2013. They also have won three of their last four Interleague series dating back to 2012.
• Justin Morneau ended more than just Harvey's no-hit bid with his seventh-inning homer Saturday. It was his first homer since Sept. 9, 2012, a span of 101 at-bats that ranked as the second-longest homerless streak in his career. The longest such streak came in 2007, when he went without a round-tripper over 108 at-bats from July 23 to Aug. 24.