After a 14-1 loss yesterday to the Diamondbacks, it appears as if all questions that remain unanswered will have to be addressed on the field in the Mets' next six games. The team heads to Atlanta tonight, and Philadelphia afterwards for a six game road trip.

And at the beginning of August, this may be the last chance to make up ground.

Here are the vitals:

-The Mets are 6.5 games back of the Braves for first in the NL East. The Phillies are second.

-The Mets went 2-9 on their last road trip... a west coast swing following the All-Star break

-Carlos Beltran will be back in the starting lineup

-From a pitching standpoint things won't get any easier for the Mets as they face the Braves' Tim Hudson, Hudson is 11-5 with a 2.4 ERA. Here is the pitching breakdown... even though its Johan, edge has to go to Hudson...

Santana versus Atlanta in two starts:

1-0, 1.29 ERA, 14 IP, 10 hits, 5 BB, 9 SO

Hudson in one start:

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Win, 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 hits, 2 BB, 3 SO

But if the Mets can find solace in anything, they are 5-3 versus the Braves this year. But even though the Mets have won four of six this year with Atlanta, the Braves have beaten the Mets in 11 of the last 16 overall meetings and are 15-5 at home versus them since the 2008 season.