Matt Cain (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (42-42) go up against Bartolo Colon (9-6, 4.55 ERA) and the New York Mets (43-41) in the second of a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants lost the last game 3-0, extending a seven-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and will air on SNY and CSN-BAY.
Cain is 5-5 with a 3.48 ERA against the Mets in his career, and is up against a less-than-stellar New York offense that's hitting just .233 on the year. In his career against the Giants, Colon is 2-2 with a 5.46 ERA. He meets a strong San Francisco offense that's batting .266.
San Francisco is a -140 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Giants are 20-23 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -307. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.5 strikeouts per home game. Below average play has been the norm lately for the San Francisco pitchers. The Giants have given up an average of 5.4 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.0 runs per game.
On the other side, the Mets have a subpar record of 9-28 when they are the underdog and are -4 overall with the money line. New York's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fourth in the NL with only three runs allowed per road game. They have a WHIP of 1.18, second best in the MLB.
This game will feature Colon (RHP) on the mound against the Giants, who have a 31-34 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Cain. They sport a 35-34 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the San Francisco Giants, the Mets now have eight shutouts this season. The Giants have been shut out in eight games this season.
San Francisco has won 50% (13-13) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 53% (18-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mets have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
The Mets are coming into the game with two consecutive wins, while the Giants currently have a losing streak of seven.
When they outhit their opponents, the Giants are 37-8. The Mets have a 29-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, New York has earned 293 this season. San Francisco ranks 12th with 346 runs.
San Francisco and New York both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. San Francisco sits at 17th with 233 this season and New York ranks 20th with 222.
The Giants are 29-17 when they hit at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-14 record.