Sunday afternoon, the Mets were looking for a sweep of the Nationals to end their homestand, but things got off to a bad start. Kris Benson allowed six runs to start the game and exited after retiring only two batters in the shortest outing of his career. The six run hole was too much for the Mets to overcome as they lost, 7-4. In a day where there was little good news - the Mets put Mike Piazza on the DL - there was one bright spot in the day. In his big league trip to the plate, Mike Jacobs hit a three-run home run.

With their homestand over, the Mets now play 17 of the next 20 games away from Shea Stadium. With a 23-35 record on the road this season, the Mets (40-25 at home) are potentially in a make or break point of the season. After six games out west against Arizona and San Francisco, the Mets play 13 games in a row against playoff contenders, Philadelphia, Florida, Atlanta and St. Louis. The way the Mets have performed on the road this season, Gothamist will be surprised if they come out of those games with 7 wins.