Giants @ Mets Series Preview

The Mets return home to face Barry Bonds and the Giants. After salvaging the final game of the Padres' series, the Mets return to Shea Stadium to take on the defending N.L. West champs. The Giants have won three straight games, but are still under .500 for the year. Despite the slow start, the team has a solid rotation, and of course, Barry Bonds.

Even though Bonds is the biggest threat in the game, the rest of the offense is pretty non-threatening, which is one of the keys to beating this team. Pitch around Bonds, and hope to get the other mediocre players out. Even if Bonds burns you, the damage can be minimal if you don't allow other men on base.

The Mets just can't seem to get anything going. They take two from the Dodgers, then promptly drop two to San Diego. The N.L. East is not quite the powerhouse some people predicted, which is why it is frustrating to see the Mets basically spin their wheels the first month of the season.

Probable Pitching Match-ups

Steve Trachsel will pitch the opener. Trachsel (2-3 4.50 ERA) is a workhorse for the Mets, but has been pretty inconsistent so far this season. Trachsel allowed three runs in six innings of work in a loss in L.A. last week.

Brett Tomko (1-1 7.57 ERA) will counter for the Giants. Despite giving up six runs in six innings, the righty was bailed out by the Giants' offense and was able to come away with the win.

Wednesday's game will feature Jae Seo (1-3 5.06 ERA) against the young flame thrower, Jerome Williams (3-1 3.93 ERA). Seo is hoping to build on the fantastic start he had last week where he held L.A. to just one run over six innings.

Williams was a little shaky during his last outing, but managed to keep his team in the game by giving up three runs over seven innings.

The finale features what could be an excellent pitching match. Al Leiter will look to send the Giants packing. Leiter (1-1 1.65 ERA) looked impressive over the weekend against the Padres. The lefty didn't earn a decision, despite holding San Diego to just one run over five innings.

Jason Schmidt (2-2 4.70 ERA) will take the mound for San Francisco. Schmidt looked like an All-Star against the defending champ Marlins, allowing two runs in seven solid innings of work.

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