Things to know: Mets vs. Giants

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The New York Mets and San Francisco Giants will open a four-game series beginning tonight in San Francisco. Listed below are some things to know heading into tonight’s opener about both the Mets and Giants.

  • The Mets (60-60) come into tonight’s series third in the NL East and 10.5 games back of the Washington Nationals. They are currently four games out of the final Wild Card position.
  • The Giants (66-54) come into tonight in second place in the NL West and are 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They also currently hold the top NL Wild Card seed.
  • The Mets took 2 out of 3 from the Giants during the April 29- May 1 series back at Citi Field. That series included the Mets scoring a franchise record 12 runs in one inning back on April 29th against the Giants.
  • The Giants currently hold the worst record in baseball since the All Star Break (9-21) and have lost four in a row coming into tonight.
  • The Mets still hold the lowest average in baseball (.205) with runners in scoring position. With RISP and two outs they are still dead last with a (.170) average.
  • The Mets are third in the Majors with a team ERA of 3.56 and the Giants aren’t far behind in fifth place with a team ERA of 3.73.
  • Former Met Angel Pagan has been one of the most consistent hitters in the Giants lineup this season and he is currently riding a 15-game hitting streak. The 35-year old outfielder is hitting .297 with 8 HR’s and 40 RBI’s in 88 games this season.
  • Giants catcher Buster Posey has devoured Mets pitching over the 32 games played in his career against them, hitting .350 with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs.
  • Giants second baseman Joe Panik has a career .371 average against the Mets. It’s his second highest average against any opponent with a minimum of eight games played.
  • Giants outfielder Denard Span has hit more career home runs (5) against the Mets than any opponent in baseball.
  • Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is 4-0 in five starts with a 1.03 ERA in his career against the Mets.
  • In 9 appearances (3 starts) Jeff Samardzija holds a 8.72 ERA against the Mets in his career.
  • Mets infielder Jose Reyes holds a career .300 average against the Giants in 46 games played.
  • Mets second baseman Neil Walker who is currently battling a sore back and awaiting the birth of his child is a career .326 hitter against the Giants in 38 games played. Over his last 10 games Walker has also hit .425 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs.
  • Mets outfielder Jay Bruce holds a .302 average (second highest against any NL opponent) with 10 HRs and 37 RBIs in 50 games played against the Giants.
  • Jacob deGrom holds a 3-0 record in three starts against the Giants with a 0.84 ERA. DeGrom is also 1-0 with a 0.65 ERA in his last four starts.
  • Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Ruggiano are all expected to be activated off the disabled list at some point this weekend for the Mets.
  • The starting pitchers for this four-game series are provided below:
  • Thursday: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.30) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.11)
  • Friday: LHP Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.97)
  • Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-7, 3.38) vs. LHP Matt Moore (7-9, 4.14)
  • Sunday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 2.76) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.24)

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