Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 3.77 ERA) and Chris Heston (5-4, 4.29 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (31-27) and the San Francisco Giants (32-26) at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on CSN-BAY and SNY.
Syndergaard pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs and striking out 10 in a 7-2 defeat to the Padres. Michael Cuddyer (.271, 26 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs) went 1 for 5 Sunday. Heston went 3.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-4 defeat to the Pirates in his last outing. Brandon Belt (.298, 27 Rs, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
New York is a -139 favorite against San Francisco and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mets have recorded an overall money line of +352 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 25-6. The Mets are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.15 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, San Francisco is coming in with an overall money line of +313 and an impressive record of 16-10 as the dog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-2 record when playing as the underdog. The The Giants allow just 4.0 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the NL.
The Mets have a 27-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Heston takes the mound. Syndergaard (RHP) will be on the hill against the Giants, who have a 24-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 15-10, while San Francisco is 9-8.
The Mets are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Giants have a record of 6-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-15. The Mets have a 9-21 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 46 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 52.
San Francisco tops the league in hits with 9.48 per game this season. New York ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.02.
Ranking 25th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.681). San Francisco ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .737.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 16-19. When the Mets allow one or more homers, they have a 12-19 record.