Jon Niese (3-6, 4.43 ERA) and Tim Lincecum (6-3, 3.29 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the New York Mets (31-29) and the San Francisco Giants (34-26) at Citi Field. The Giants won the last game 8-5 and San Francisco leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 11 and can be seen on CSN-BAY, SNY and MLB Network.
Niese is 1-3 with a 2.98 ERA in his appearances against the Giants, but goes up against a good San Francisco offense which is batting .275 this season. Wilmer Flores (.251, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Against the Mets, Lincecum is 6-1 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 83 strikeouts. Joe Panik (.324, 32 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Giants, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York is a slim -114 favorite at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Mets have recorded an overall money line of +234 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 25-7. The Mets are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.18 so far this season.
In the other locker room, San Francisco is coming in with an overall money line of +421 and an impressive record of 17-10 as the dog. The Giants are tough outs for opponents, leading the NL with 10.5 hits per road game. Moving on to San Francisco's pitching staff and defense, the The Giants allow just 4.0 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Giants are fifth in the NL with an average of 8.4 hits allowed per game.
The Giants have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Mets have a 27-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lincecum takes the mound. Niese (LHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a very good 8-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
New York recorded at least two errors for the seventh time this season.
The Mets are 2-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Giants are 3-1 in such matchups.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 9-23 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-15. The Mets have a 9-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total home runs this season, New York ranks 17th with 52 homers and San Francisco is 18th with 51.
Ranking 14th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.88 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.54.
Ranking 27th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). San Francisco ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .746.
The Giants are 16-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mets are 12-21 when they allow at least one homer.