MINNEAPOLIS -- The Mets make their first trip to Minnesota since 2004 when they begin a three-game set on Friday night against the Twins. Weather permitting.
Forecasts are calling for first-pitch this weekend temperatures ranging from the upper-30s to the low-40s with a chance of rain and snow on Saturday evening. And unlike the Mets' first visit to Minneapolis, the Twins have replaced the Metrodome (where the Mets 0-3) with the roof-less Target Field.
The Twins own a 7-5 advantage in the all-time series though the clubs have not met since 2010. The early meeting is another wrinkle with interleague play scattered all season long following baseball's realignment over the winter.
The pitching matchups when the Mets (5-4, 3rd NL East) face the Twins (4-5, tied 3rd, AL Central), who have dropped three in a row:
Friday, 8:10 p.m. (ET): LHP Jonathon Niese (1-0, 2.13) vs. RHP Vance Worley (0-1, 5.73)
Saturday, 4:10 p.m. (ET): RHP Matt Harvey (2-0, 0.64) vs. LHP Scott Diamond ('13 debut)
Sunday, 2:10 p.m. (ET): RHP Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 3.14)
Worley drew the Opening Day assignment after arriving with the Twins as part of a December trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies. Just about everyone in the Mets lineup who has more than a handful of at-bats against Worley during his Phillies days have enjoyed their share of success. But nobody has done more damage against the 25-year-old righty than one of the Mets' hottest hitters, Daniel Murphy. Here's a look:
Daniel Murphy 17 PAs, .667/.706/.867, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI
Lucas Duda 12 PAs, .500/.583/.900 1 HR, 2 RBI
Ruben Tejada 17 PAs, .412/.412/.471 1 2B, 2 RBI
Justin Turner 10 PAs, .400/.400/.600 2 2B, 3 RBI
David Wright 16 PAs, .267/.250/.467 1 HR, 4 RBI
But Worley has historically gotten the best of Ike Davis, who is hitting just .111 against him in 10 plate appearances.
Diamond is making his season debut after undergoing offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow. The lefthander is coming off a season in which he finished 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA while leading all Twins pitchers with 173 innings -- even though he started the season in the minors. The only Mets player to have ever faced Diamond is Collin Cowgill, who is 3-for-3 against the lefty.
The veteran Correia finds himself in the American League for the first time after spending the first decade of his career in the National League with the Giants, Padres and Pirates.
Murphy is 6-for-15 lifetime against the righthander in 15 plate appearances. Wright has been even better (13-for-17), battering Correia with a .765 average which includes three doubles, three homers, and six RBIs. Marlon Byrd has seen plenty of Correia (17 plate appearances) though the pitcher has often won those battles, holding the Mets outfielder to an average of .176.