The New York Mets (13-7) will continue to defend their home turf against the San Francisco Giants (12-11) in a weekend series at Citi Field. The Mets are riding high on a six-game win streak as things on clicking on both sides of the ball. The Giants are also on a winning streak of their own as they swept the San Diego Padres this week. As both stand second in their respective divisions, both teams will be fighting to keep their winning streaks going and start the month of May right.
Friday: Steven Matz (2-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA)
Matz has been stellar since his first start of the season as he is 2-0 since then. In his last start in Atlanta, he went six and a third allowing nine scattered hits for two earned runs. His ERA has fell from 37.80 to 5.40 now and he will look to get it even lower against the Giants
Peavy, the 16-year veteran, has not been at his best to start 2016. He has allowed 35 hits in 21 total innings of work along with 16 earned runs allowed. He did, however, earn his first win against the Marlins last week throwing seven strong innings.
Pitching Edge: Matz backed up his first win of 2016 with another in his last start while Peavy just got back to his normal ways. Look for Matz to dominate the Giants and continue the path toward becoming Rookie of the Year.
Saturday: Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) v Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA)
DeGrom made the best of his comeback start after not throwing since April 8th. He went five and two-thirds allowing eight hits, but got out of jams only allowing one earned run. He wasn’t at his best, but getting the win boosted the young righty’s confidence, and he will carry that into Saturday.
Cain hasn’t showed his normal dominance in 2016. He has not made it passed the sixth inning in any of his starts, and in his last start against Miami, he let up ten hits for four earned. Cain will try to get his first win of 2016 on Saturday.
Pitching Edge: deGrom will be pitching in front of his home crowd for the first time since his first start, and he will not disappoint.
Sunday: Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64 ERA)
The marquee matchup of the weekend will showcase two of the best in the MLB in Syndergaard and Bumgarner. Syndergaard has been nothing but exceptional so far. In his last start at Citi Field against the Reds earlier this week, he went six and two thirds striking out nine. “Thor” has total control of his pitches and will need to showcase it against his opponent.
Bumgarner is no easy matchup as he has been stellar through five starts. He has not been getting much run support from his lineup, but the lefty doesn’t always need runs. Just look at his postseason numbers. Bumgarner will have a true test against the Mets, and he may be looking at things as a playoff battle.
Pitching Edge: It will be a pitcher’s duel, but Syndergaard will come out on top yet again.
More About This Series
The Mets picked up some ground in their last sweep against the Reds at home with the Washington Nationals dropping two of three to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Amazin’s now sit only half a game back of the NL East division lead, and they will have a good chance to sit atop the throne as the Washington Nationals travel to St. Louis to play the always challenging Cardinals. With another sweep, the Mets may be in the position they want to be to start off the month of May.