The Giants are sitting on top of the Division and New York is on the bottom. One may argue that the Mets have had their share of injuries and whatnot, but the Giants aren't too healthy themselves.
Pitching match-ups are a mystery, with the Giants sending two rookies and another young arm, who only faced the Mets twice in his lifetime. The Mets themselves are sending a new arm and two veteran arms who the Giants have faced numerous times.
The Giants' middle infield will not be able to provide any help on this roadtrip, so it will be up to Edgardo Alfonzo's new found home at second base and Neifi Perez to trigger the Giants' infield defense.
Things To Look For:
Sidney Ponson (14-7, 3.71 ERA)
Jerome Williams (5-2, 2.96 ERA)
Jesse Foppert (8-8, 5.08 ERA)
Aaron Heilman (1-5, 7.75 ERA)
Steve Trachsel (10-7, 4.58 ERA)
Tom Glavine (7-11, 4.93 ERA)
Ponson was robbed of his first win as a Giant in his debut as he pitched a beautiful game, allowing only two runs. He goes up against a youngster, Heilman, who has not faced the Giants before. Heilman has been struggling, with a bloated ERA of 7.75.
Williams will be going against veteran Trachsel. Two Giants who have had success against Trachsel are Benito Santiago and Edgardo Alfonzo. Williams has pitched solidly in his recent outings, but he has not been as impressive as his earlier ones.
Foppert finally evened out his record, and even though he hasn't faced the Mets before, he goes up against a top name arm in Glavine. Foppert will again be tested, going against another well-known veteran. Glavine defeated the Giants in his last appearance against the Giants back in April.
J.T. Snow (.269)
Andres Galarraga (.306)
Jason Phillips (.322)
PREDICTION: GIANTS Snow is slowly gaining back his consistency offensively, and while he's out, Galarraga has done a good job. Galarraga also has better numbers against Glavine than Snow does, so he may get the start, especially since Snow has difficulty hitting lefties and Galarraga hit lefties better than righties. The Mets have many injuries at this position, which also hurts them.
Edgardo Alfonzo (.252)
Marco Scutaro (.229)
Joe McEwing (.254)
Alfonzo made his first start at second base since 2001 in the last game against the Phillies and did a great job defensively. Offensively, he's coming alive and has been doing a very consistent job of batting behind Barry Bonds.
Neifi Perez (.258)
Cody Ransom (.294)
Jose Reyes (.294)
Perez has bad numbers against the Mets and Ransom is still young. Reyes has been a hot hitter for the Mets, even though he has not faced the Giants before, he's been one of the consistent offensively weapons for the Mets.
Pedro Feliz (.222)
Ty Wigginton (.266)
Jay Bell (.184)
Feliz has done well for the Giants offensively and defensively at third base. Neither he nor Wigginton has faced the opposing pitchers much, and neither has had much success.
Benito Santiago (.279)
Yorvit Torrealba (.252)
Vance Wilson (.239)
Santiago is coming back offensively and Torrealba has done a good job with Santiago on the bench. Wilson has also done a decent job for the injured Mike Piazza, but the Giants have the advantage, especially with Santiago's success against Mets' pitching.
Barry Bonds (.335)
Cliff Floyd (.275)
Raul Gonzalez (.241)
Gonzalez has been struggling for the Mets, but Bonds has continued to do what he does best: getting on base for the Giants. He also has a good record against Mets' pitching.
Marquis Grissom (.308)
Timo Perez (.274)
Jeff Duncan (.263)
Grissom continues his consistency offensively and defensively for the Giants, and Perez has been decent offensively for the Mets. Perez has a good record against Giants' pitching, but has not faced the Giants as enough times as Grissom has faced the Mets.
Jose Cruz, Jr. (.249)
Jeffrey Hammonds (.176)
Roger Cedeno (.272)
Cedeno has been the hottest hitter for the Mets lately, and Cruz is slowly climbing out of his slump for the Giants. Since they are on the road, Hammonds may get a few more starts because of his recent offense and because the Giants don't need Cruz to be in right field at Pac Bell.
Mike Stanton has been good for the Mets, but Pedro Feliciano has been struggling. The Giants' bullpen has been tired from their recent outings, especially when taking over a game for starters who didn't last very long. They had some rough outings against the Phillies and gave up a win in extra innings, but the Giants' bullpen is as solid as any and should be ready for the road trip with the extra day of rest.
John Franco has a 3.27 ERA with one save and one blown save. Tim Worrell stands strong with twenty-five saves, but has been having problems lately in games that aren't as close, although he remains flawless in closing situations.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
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