Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.97 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (67-54) go up against Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40 ERA) and the New York Mets (60-61) in the second of a four-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 10-7, and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and will air on CSBA and SNY.
In his last start, Cueto pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one in an 8-7 loss to the Orioles. Brandon Crawford (.276, 50 Rs, 11 HRs, 74 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs. The Mets were victorious the last time Matz pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.1 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -145 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Giants perform well as a favorite with a 48-30 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-220). They are 2-5 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Giants rank third in the NL in hits at home with 9.0 per game. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.6 strikeouts per home game. As for the San Francisco defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Giants, who allow only 4.1 runs per game. The Giants don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking fifth in the league with a 1.233 WHIP.
On the other side, the Mets have a record of 15-22 when they are the underdog and are -1,558 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 4-6 SU and has a poor 0-2 record when it was an underdog to win. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the New York pitchers. They allowed 5.7 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 3.8.
This game will feature Matz (LHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 24-15 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Cueto will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 46-43 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
NY Mets are 3-7 SU in its last 10 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of NY Mets's last 23 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 6 games on the road.
NY Mets are 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Mets's last 5 games when playing San Francisco.
NY Mets are 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing San Francisco.
NY Mets are 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
The Giants are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Mets have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 12-36. The Mets have an 18-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, San Francisco has hit 99 this season. New York ranks seventh with 157 home runs.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.97 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.96.
Ranking 23rd, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .737.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 26-44. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 30-43 record.