The Arizona Diamondbacks are the only National League team that has lost at home more than the Mets this season. Meanwhile, Pirates starter Edinson Volquez has surrendered 12 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings in three starts away from PNC Park.
As the old adage goes, something's got to give.
With the way Volquez pitched against the Nationals on May 22, he may be the one to see his bad luck end. He gave up only one run on three hits in six strong innings against Washington, recording his first quality start in a month to the day.
"He pitched a really professional game," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He used the changeup extremely well earlier, quality secondary pitch, the breaking ball played for him and the fastball command was good. It was just a really good effort."
But unless Volquez breaks his road trend, the numbers doom the Pirates. Not only does Pittsburgh have fewer victories away from home than any other club in baseball, but New York starter Jon Niese owns a 2.87 ERA in five starts at Citi Field this year.
His most recent start at home was a stellar outing against the Dodgers. Niese gave up four hits in seven innings, but one of his three walks preceded a two-run home run by Justin Turner, robbing Niese of what would have been his fifth outing in 10 starts of allowing one earned run or fewer.
Mets: Young down, den Dekker up
The Mets placed utility man Eric Young onto the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring prior to Monday's series opener against the Pirates. Matt den Dekker was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill the vacant roster spot.
Young mentioned his leg had been stiff for a few days, but exacerbated it when he stole second base Saturday against the D-backs. He will likely get an MRI Tuesday.
"I felt it enough to where I couldn't run or explode like I need to," said Young, who sat out Sunday's doubleheader against Arizona. "The legs are a big part of my game so I'd rather take the two weeks instead of risking it and being out longer than that."
Young indicated that this is the first time he's felt anything like this before in his right leg. Monday he started a treatment program for it and will head down to Florida when the Mets start a road trip in Philadelphia starting Thursday.
Meanwhile, den Dekker, 26, has 27 games of Major League experience, all with the Mets in 2013. He hit .207 with a .270 on-base percentage and 23 strikeouts in 58 at-bats while seeing time at all three outfield spots, but mostly center field.
"I feel like I've been swinging the bat pretty well the last couple of weeks," den Dekker said. "I'm excited."
Pirates: Have yourself a May, Walker
Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to five games on Monday as he continues to rebound from a .235 clip and a .291 on-base percentage in April.
Walker has reached base safely in 22 of 24 games in the season's second month, hitting .312 (29-for-93) with four doubles, four homers, seven walks and a .402 OBP. Eight of his 14 multihit games this season have come in May.
• Pirates catchers now own a 12-game hitting streak after Russell Martin finished 1-for-5 with a double on Monday. Martin, Tony Sanchez and Chris Stewart have hit .340 (17-for-50) with two homers in the past 15 contests.
• Gaby Sanchez hit his first pinch-hit home run since Sept. 11, 2012, on Monday, taking Mets reliever Scott Rice deep on a solo shot in the top of the eighth.
• David Wright's nine-game hitting streak was snapped on Monday, leaving him one game short of his third such streak of double-digit games in 2014.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.