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The Mets are set to begin a five-game road trip through Oakland and Los Angeles, during which they'll face Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA), Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96 ERA), Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86 ERA), Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) and Kevin Correia (6-13, 4.79 ERA).

"Obviously, we’re going to face good pitching,” David Wright said after Monday's loss, noting that a lack of confidence is at the root of the team's recent struggles at the plate.

Since the All-Star break, the Mets are last in baseball in runs scored, batting average, slugging percentage and hits with runners in scoring position, while leading the league in strikeouts.

Matthew Cerrone: Literally, every player not named Lucas Duda appears to be out of sync. Daniel Murphy has had his moments, but for the most part he's been lunging at pitches as well. I think Wright is right, because they all look to be guessing at the plate, with poor pitch selection, lots of foul balls, weak hits and ugly strikeouts. Look, it's August, this is usually when teams hit the wall. This group needs to fight through this, pace themselves and not do as much in the batting cage. There are still roughly 40 games to play.

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