San Francisco On Four-Game Losing Skid
The New York Mets look to expand their lead in the NL East when they oppose the host San Francisco Giants in the first of a three-game series Monday night. New York has won four of five games, including a 2-0 shutout over the homestanding Colorado Rockies Sunday. The Mets lead the division by a bloated eight games over both the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. San Francisco, meanwhile, has lost four games in a row, swept at home by the San Diego Padres and slipping five games out of first in the NL West. Both of these teams have big aspirations this season. Examine our in-depth preview before deciding how to in this possible playoff preview.
Mets’ No-Losing Streaks
The New York Mets topped the Colorado Rockies Sunday after losing the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader. That was the 14th straight time the Mets won immediately after a loss, which is a franchise record and shows the grit of this team.
“It’s a pretty steady mental team,” manager Buck Showalter said after the Sunday win. “They don’t get into that sky’s falling. They don’t live in that world. I hope it continues.”
Looking to continue the good pitching the team received Sunday will be left-hander David Peterson. Peterson is making his fourth start and fifth appearance of the season. He is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings, striking out 16 and walking eight. Peterson hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 3, but was summoned by the Mets after Max Scherzer went on the injured list.
Designated hitter Pete Alonso saw his four-game, multiple-hit streak end with an 0-for-4 Sunday, though he still drove in a run to increase his RBI total to 37. That’s tied for tops in baseball. Alonso is batting .279, with seven doubles, 10 home runs and 24 runs scored.
Second baseman Jeff McNeil was 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday’s win, and is leading the Mets with a .306 average. McNeil has 12 doubles, a triple, a home run, 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
Giant Troubles Scoring Runs
After scoring seven runs in the first game of the series against the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants managed a total of two runs in two games. San Francisco’s offense has been inconsistent this season, and it’s anyone’s guess how it will be for this series.
Things aren’t going to be easy, with first baseman Brandon Belt going on the injured list Sunday (right-knee inflammation). Belt is batting .228, with two doubles, a triple, four home runs, 11 RBIs, and 14 runs scored this season after a 29-homer season in 2021.
Outfielder Joc Pederson leads San Francisco with seven home runs, but he’s batting just .234 and only one home run in May. Pederson has three doubles, 14 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
Right-hander Alex Cobb will make the start for San Francisco Monday night. Cobb is 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA, striking out 32 in 25⅔ innings over six starts. An ugly performance in his last outing, In 5⅓ innings against the Colorado Rockies last Tuesday, he allowed seven runs on 10 hits, striking out four and walking one. Despite all of that, Cobb was the winner in San Francisco’s 10-7 victory.
Mets vs Giants Head-to-Head
The New York Mets took three of the four games when these teams met at Citi Field in mid-April. The San Francisco Giants had the upper hand in 2021, winning five of six games against the Mets.
Playing at home against the Mets hasn’t been a big advantage for San Francisco in recent seasons, with New York going 7-6 at Oracle Park since the beginning of 2017. Despite the teams’ current records, the MLB lines are favoring the Giants to get the victory in Monday’s opener.
Mets vs Giants Game Information
- Game: Mets (28-15) vs Giants (22-18)
- Location: Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
- Day/Time: Monday, May 23rd, 9:45 p.m. ET
- Mets vs Giants Live stream: MLB.tv
Mets vs Giants Betting Lines
Mets vs Giants Prediction
The San Francisco Giants have really been struggling to find some consistency this season, but when they get on a roll, they can be one of the better teams in baseball. It’s unfortunate that facing the New York Mets isn’t helping The visitors take the series opener.
In the MLB betting, take New York to earn the road win.