Preview: Giants at Mets May 5, 2011

San Francisco Giants (15-15) at New York Mets (12-18) 1:10pm

Jonathan Sanchez (2-1 2.73) vs. Mike Pelfrey (1-3 7.39)

TV:SNY    Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Giants are feasting on the last place Mets and go for the sweep this afternoon. The Giants have won four of the last five games that Sanchez has started. He’s been pitching really well. He’s only allowed 2 hits in each of his last three starts but he has been a little wild with 13 walks over those three starts.

The Mets have lost five of the six games that Pelfrey started this year. He’s been having a terrible season and got hit hard by Philly in his last start for 4 runs in 4.1 innings.

Video: ESPN on Mets Jose Reyes Future

Here’s some video of Baseball Tonight’s Aaron Boone talking about the Mets future with Jose Reyes. He suggests trading Reyes for the long-term benefit of the team. Boone also goes on to suggest that the San Francisco Giants are a team that would be a great fit for Reyes.

I’ve always resisted the talk of a fire sale over the last couple of years. But I’m on board now. The long-term deals the Mets have in place are coming to a close for the most part. It’s time to start making some deals to re-stock the Mets for the future. They certainly don’t look like a team that’s going anywhere this year so they might as well try to bring in some young talent.

Giants 2 – Mets 0 May 4, 2011

Tim Lincecum
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The Mets lost their fifth of six games and were totally outclassed by Tim Lincecum. The Giants don’t hit much but they don’t need it when Lincecum is pitching. He went 7 innings and had 12 strikeouts. The Mets did leave 9 runners on base, so they had some chances that they couldn’t capitalize on. But between Lincecum and four relievers the Mets struck out an astounding 16 times tonight.

Chris Capuano had a really nice start tonight going 6.1 innings and allowing 2 runs. He looked good even though he allowed 8 hits and 3 walks. He was focused with runners on base and was really into the game. It was a solid start.

The Mets didn’t have much offense to talk about. Carlos Beltran and Ronny Paulino each had 2 hits but the team only managed 6 hits in the game.

The seats were almost completely empty and you could hear the “Let’s Go Giants” chants on the SNY broadcast. It’s a sad day when a west coast team is getting more support at Citi Field than the Mets.

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Preview: Giants at Mets May 3, 2011

San Francisco Giants (14-15) at New York Mets (12-17) 7:10pm

Tim Lincecum (2-3 2.90) vs. Chris Capuano (2-2 6.04)

TV:SNY    Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Only the Padres have a worse record in the NL than the Mets now. To make things even worse they have to face Lincecum tonight. He has lost his last two starts but he hasn’t been getting much run support from the Giants either.

Capuano was terrible in his last start against the Nats giving up 4 runs in 5.2 innings on 10 hits. And the Mets won’t have Jason Bay in the lineup again because he’s out on paternity leave.

Giants 7 – Mets 6 May 3, 2011

Carlos Beltran
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The Mets and Giants went back and forth exchanging the lead throughout the game. R.A. Dickey wasn’t very sharp at all again. He went 6 innings and gave up 6 runs. He hasn’t looked like the guy that was unstoppable last season.

The Mets had some good offense going tonight with 11 hits and leaving 11 runners on base. They put up 6 runs, which should be enough to win most games. Jose Reyes and Josh Thole both had 3 hits. And Carlos Beltran had a big 3-run homer down the line in right field in the first inning. At that point I was thinking things were looking good for the Mets. But Dickey couldn’t hold it.

Taylor Buchholz gave up a solo shot in the tenth inning to Aubrey Huff to lose the game. The other story line to mention was Thole having trouble getting his glove on the ball. He had a throwing error but just holding onto the ball was a struggle for him. It isn’t easy with a knuckleballer on the mound but he has some work to do.

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Preview: Giants at Mets May 3, 2011

San Francisco Giants (13-15) at New York Mets (12-16) 7:10pm

Ryan Vogelsong (1-0 1.74) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-3 3.82)

TV:SNY    Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The World Series champion Giants are in town for three games starting tonight and they’re playing almost as badly as the Mets are. They just lost three of four games in DC. Vogelsong has come out of the bullpen and is making his second start of the season. He had a pretty good start in Pittsburgh and got his first big league win in six years on April 28.

Dickey’s last start was a no decision in DC when went 6.2 innings and allowed 2 runs. The Mets are 2-3 when Dickey starts this season.

Preview: Mets at Giants July 18, 2010

New York Mets (48-43) at San Francisco Giants (50-41) 4:05 pm

Johan Santana (7-5 2.98) vs Jonathan Sanchez (7-6 3.47)

TV: WPIX   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets try to avoid the sweep this afternoon behind Santana who’s been outstanding in his last two starts before the break. He’s given up 1 run in his last 23 innings. Sanchez got rocked in his last start in Washington giving up 5 runs in 3.2 innings.

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