National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, August 2nd
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (51-54) at San Francisco Giants (56-48), 3:45 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Young (2-5, 4.58)
San Francisco - Barry Zito (8-7, 3.89)
(Sports Network) - The San Francisco Giants reverted back to their losing ways
in last night's loss to the New York Mets, but can still escape with a series
split this afternoon in the finale of a four-game set at AT&T Park.
The Giants ended a five-game losing streak by evening this series on Tuesday,
but dropped a 2-1 decision last night. Matt Cain was saddled with the loss and
gave up two runs early in the game, lasting five innings to fall to 10-4 on
"It's a tough one to lose because we dodged bullets all night," Giants manager
Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't do much with the bats or created a lot of chances
Buster Posey's home run in the sixth inning was all the offense San Francisco
could produce. The club still owns a one-game lead over the Los Angeles
Dodgers in the NL West standings. Hunter Pence, acquired from the
Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts
in his Giants debut.
San Francisco will kick off a seven-game road trip this weekend against
Colorado and St. Louis, and is slated to send Barry Zito to the mound today.
Zito had won three of his past four decisions until the Dodgers landed on the
schedule Saturday in a 10-0 loss. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 frames of a
10-0 setback, falling to 8-7 in 20 starts and raising his ERA to 3.89.
Zito, a left-hander and 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland, did not
factor in the outcome of a 4-3 win at New York on April 20, when he tossed
five innings of two-run ball. Zito, who sports a 4-4 mark in 10 home starts
this season, is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.
The Mets have won three of four games since losing 14 of its previous 16
games, and haven't won a series since taking two of three matchups with
Philadelphia July 3-5.
Josh Thole scored on a fielder's choice in the second inning to give the Mets
the lead for good and Ruben Tejada homered in the first inning. Tejada and
David Wright both had three hits for the Mets, who received seven innings of
one-run ball from Jon Niese.
"He threw all his pitches for strikes. I thought his changeup was good
tonight. After the first inning he was outstanding," Mets manager Terry
Collins said of Niese, who halted a four-start winless streak.
Meanwhile, Tejada had gone more than 600 at-bats since his only other career
homer, which came Sept. 5, 2010 at Wrigley Field. Wright was not in the
starting lineup against Tim Lincecum on Tuesday and made the right choice to
face Cain. The All-Star third baseman is batting .333 with 16 homers, 71 RBI
and a .424 on-base percentage. He is only 4-for-15 (.267) with three
strikeouts and five walks against Zito.
Chris Young will try to get off the schneid when he takes the mound for the
Mets this afternoon and is 0-4 with a 6.00 earned run average in his previous
five starts. Young lasted only four innings in a 6-3 loss at Arizona on
Saturday and allowed six runs and seven hits to fall to 2-5 in 10 starts with
a 4.58 earned run average.
Young had allowed just two runs in each of his past two outings before the
Diamondbacks sent him packing early. The right-hander has given up a home run
in five straight starts (6 total) and is 2-3 in six road assignments this
season. Young, a former Padre, will make his 12th career start against the
Giants and is 3-4 with a 3.03 ERA through the first 11.
San Francisco is 4-3 against the Mets this season and won four of six matchups
between the teams a year ago. New York hasn't won a series against the Giants
since taking five of eight encounters back in 2009.
08/02 10:23:00 ET