May 4-May 6, New York Mets Series

After a strong homestand, the Giants plan to take that momentum onto the road as they make their first trip to New York to take on the Mets. Even with big question marks in the rotation and up and down the lineup, the Giants still managed a 5-2 homestand, and hope to continue that on the road until their next homestand.

It's a walk in the park for Barry Bonds, but he doesn't care. It may be a little frustrating for fans to watch Bonds take intentional after intentional, but to Bonds, all that matters is that his team's finally winning. With two full days of rest, Bonds will be fresh and ready for this series in New York.

After much controversy surrounding new Giants' catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, things got shakened up in the Giants' clubhouse, and so did Pierzynski's bat. On Saturday's contest against the Marlins, Pierzynski went 3-4 with three RBIs and a triple. However, an injury to his shoulder kept him from playing in Sunday's game.

That didn't matter, though. Backup catcher, Yorvit Torrealba got the job done, and then some. He hit his first career grand slam, and doubled home the winning run on Sunday as a last minute add in to the lineup.

Other players to keep your eye on is Edgardo Alfonzo, who's finally starting to hit and will be staying at second base until the injured Ray Durham returns. And of course, you can't take your eyes off the new old kids in town, Brian Dallimore and Tyler Walker. Dallimore played a big part in jump starting the Giants' offense this weekend, and Walker collected two wins out of the bullpen against the Marlins.

For the Mets, worthy players in need of mention are new shortstop, Kaz Matsui, and catcher/first baseman Mike Piazza, who just recently broke Carlton Fisk's record for most jacks by a catcher.

The starters for Tuesday's contest will be Brett Tomko (1-1, 7.57), who is 2-0 lifetime against the Mets, and Steve Trachsel (2-3, 4.50), who pinned a scary 1.72 ERA against the Giants in 2003, but is lifetime 2.63.

On Wednesday, the Giants' best starter so far this season, young hurler Jerome Williams (3-1, 3.93), will take the mound against Jae Weong Seo (1-3, 3.06).

Starting the finale will be Giant ace, Jason Schmidt (2-2, 4.70), thanks to the day off on Monday. He will pitch against Al Leiter (1-1, 1.65), who's pitching lights out for the Mets.

The Giants' bullpen should be a another sight to see if they continue to pitch like they have in the past week. Quality innings from Jim Brower, Felix Rodriguez, and Walker will give Matt Herges the chance to close games out.



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 atkwanchino@alpha-q.net

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