New York Mets: 8/12-8/14 Series

The injury plagued Giants seem to be placing player after player on the DL lately, but still have a healthy lead in the division. They hit the road again, looking to redeem themselves of their last roadtrip, the worst of the season, winning just two out of six games. The Mets have problems themselves, so in the contest at Gotham City, who will emerge as the winner?

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
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's second start as a Giant
  • Rookie pitchers, Jerome Williams and Jesse Foppert's performance
  • Edgardo Alfonzo's second half glory against his former team

    SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
    San Francisco:

  • Ray Durham (2B): hamstring (15-day DL)
  • Rich Aurilia (SS): appendectomy (15-day DL)

    New York:

  • Mo Vaugh (1B): knee (60-day DL)
  • Tony Clark (1B): shoulder (day-to-day status)

    Starters:
    Sidney Ponson (14-7, 3.71 ERA)

  • Mets batting .362 against him
  • first start at Shea Stadium
  • 1-0 lifetime against Mets
  • lost last start to a 2-0 shut out

    Jerome Williams (5-2, 2.96 ERA)

  • never faced Mets before

    Jesse Foppert (8-8, 5.08 ERA)

  • never faced Mets before

    Aaron Heilman (1-5, 7.75 ERA)

  • never faced Giants before

    Steve Trachsel (10-7, 4.58 ERA)

  • Giants batting .247 against him
  • Edgardo Alfonzo hitting .400 against him

    Tom Glavine (7-11, 4.93 ERA)

  • Giants batting .240 against him
  • won last start against Giants at Pac Bell

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    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.

    First Base:
    J.T. Snow (.269)

  • .267 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (3-17): one 2B, one homerun, five walks, one strikeout
  • vs. Glavine (6-26): one 2B, seven strikeouts

    Andres Galarraga (.306)

  • .308 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (9-31): three 2Bs, five RBIs, eight strikeouts
  • vs. Glavine (25-81): four 2Bs, two homeruns, twelve RBIs, eighteen strikeouts

    Jason Phillips (.322)

  • .667 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    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.

    Second Base:
    Edgardo Alfonzo (.252)

  • .325 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (12-30): one 2B, one homerun, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Glavine (13-59): four 2Bs, one homerun, three RBIs, seven strikeouts

    Marco Scutaro (.229)

  • .500 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    Joe McEwing (.254)

  • .315 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    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.

    Shortstop:
    Neifi Perez (.258)

  • .219 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (4-26): one RBI, two strikeouts
  • vs. Glavine (2-16): two strikeouts

    Cody Ransom (.294)

  • never faced Mets

    Jose Reyes (.294)

  • never faced Giants

    PREDICTION: TIED
    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.

    Third Base:
    Pedro Feliz (.222)

  • .250 against Mets pitchers
  • never faced Trachsel
  • vs. Glavine (0-3): one strikeout

    Ty Wigginton (.266)

  • .059 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    Jay Bell (.184)

  • .202 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    PREDICTION: TIED
    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.

    Catcher:
    Benito Santiago (.279)

  • .296 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (9-25): two 2Bs, one 3B, two homeruns, three RBIs, seven strikeouts
  • vs. Glavine (21-71): three 2Bs, one homerun, four RBIs, eight strikeouts

    Yorvit Torrealba (.252)

  • .286 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (1-3)
  • never faced Glavine

    Vance Wilson (.239)

  • .267 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    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.

    Left Field:
    Barry Bonds (.335)

  • .312 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (8-35): two 2Bs, two homeruns, three RBIs, thirteen walks, seven strikeouts
  • vs. Glavine (25-78): six 2Bs, one 3B, three homeruns, thirteen RBIs, eleven walks, ten strikeouts

    Cliff Floyd (.275)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Ponson (1-8): one 2B, three strikeouts

    Raul Gonzalez (.241)

  • .333 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Ponson

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    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.

    Center Field:
    Marquis Grissom (.308)

  • .269 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (11-47): three 2Bs, one 3B, two homeruns, eight RBIs, thirteen strikeouts
  • vs. Glavine (19-72): three 2B, two homeruns, eight RBIs, eight strikeouts

    Timo Perez (.274)

  • .300 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Ponson (3-4): one 2B

    Jeff Duncan (.263)

  • never faced Giants

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    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.

    Right Field:
    Jose Cruz, Jr. (.249)

  • .327 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (4-10): one 2B, one RBI, one strikeout
  • vs. Glavine (5-12): one 2B, two RBIs, two strikeouts

    Jeffrey Hammonds (.176)

  • .185 against Mets pitchers
  • vs. Trachsel (4-10): one 2B, two strikeouts
  • vs. Glavine (1-13): one homerun, two RBIs, two strikeouts

    Roger Cedeno (.272)

  • .212 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Ponson (1-5): one 2B, two strikeouts

    PREDICTON: TIED
    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.

    BULLPEN: GIANTS
    Relievers: Giants
    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.

    Closer: Giants
    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.



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