The New York Mets (51-54) and San Francisco Giants (56-48) will close out a four-game National League series on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:45 ET
New York Mets at San Francisco Giants
New York is still fighting despite sitting 11 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East race, winning two one-run contests in this series, including a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night. The Mets are 4-3 on their season-high 11-game road trip, but are still 25-28 overall away from the Big Apple. All-Star third baseman David Wright is the player to watch offensively, ranking second in the majors with a .363 road batting average. New York is 9-1 when playing on Thursday this year, while posting a 6-7 mark as a road underdog of +100 to +125.
Mets starting pitcher Chris Young (2-5, 4.58 ERA) has watched the club drop his last five outings, while he’s been handed four losing decisions in that stretch, including a 6-3 road defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.70 ERA in six road starts, with opposing hitters batting .331 against him. In 11 carer games versus the Giants, Young has registered a losing 3-4 record and 3.03 ERA, including an 0-1 mark and 5.09 ERA in three efforts at this ballpark.
San Francisco was unable to get anything going offensively in last night’s setback, even with its newest addition to the lineup. Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence went hitless in four at-bats with his new team, as he came into the contest hitting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs on the season. “There was a ton of excitement,” commented Pence about his first game in the Bay Area. San Francisco is 11-2 as a home favorite of -125 to -150, with the “under” going 9-2 in that situation.
Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (8-7, 3.89 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 10-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last outing, allowing four runs and seven hits over 5.1 frames. The left-hander is an even 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 10 home outings, issuing 27 walks and striking out 34 batters in 60.2 innings. In seven career appearances versus the Giants, Zito has tallied a 3-2 record and 3.35 ERA, including a no-decision effort on April 20 in a 4-3 road win. He gave up two runs and four hits in five innings in that outing.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the “under” going 9-4 in Zito’s last 13 home starts.
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