Matt Moore (7-9, 4.14 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (10-7, 3.38 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the San Francisco Giants (68-54) and the New York Mets (60-62) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 8-1, and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on FS1, CSBA and SNY.
Moore pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking three in an 8-5 defeat to the Pirates. Brandon Belt (.278, 58 Rs, 14 HRs, 61 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5. Colon went 4.0 innings, surrendering five runs (three unearned), striking out one and walking two in a 10-6 defeat to the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -146 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. Though the Giants have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-20), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 50-30. The Giants are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 9.1 per game. San Francisco strikes out the least of any team in the NL at home, with only 6.6 per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Giants. The 4.1 runs that San Francisco's pitchers allow per game makes them the fifth-ranked staff in the NL. The Giants are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.232 so far this season.
As for their opponent, New York is coming in with an overall money line of -1,758 and a disappointing record of 15-24 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-4 record when playing as the underdog. The Mets allow 3.9 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.9 runs per game during that span.
The Giants lead the season series, 3-2. The Giants have a 44-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colon takes the mound. Moore (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 14-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
NY Mets are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games on the road.
NY Mets are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
NY Mets are 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing San Francisco.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games when playing San Francisco.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Mets's last 12 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
NY Mets are 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against San Francisco.
For the 15th time this season, the Mets registered at least two errors in a game.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 3-5 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
It looks like the Giants have a slight leg up on the Mets, as the Giants have won their last two games while the Mets have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mets are 39-11. The Giants have a 49-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, New York sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 458 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top half with 551.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 369 this season. San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with 449.
The Giants are 44-25 when they hit at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 51-34 record.