San Francisco (12-11) at NY Mets (13-7)
When: Friday, April 29th 2016
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: CSN Bay Area, SNY
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A couple of hot teams begin a three-game series in New York as the Mets host the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The Mets are winners of six straight and are only a half a game behind N.L. East leading Washington after the Nationals were swept at home by the Phillies. Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson have been swinging the hot bats for New York and the pitching has picked up were it left off last year. Walker, who was acquired in the offseason, has nine homeruns on the young season and three in the last five games. Granderson, who started out the season poorly, has hit safely in his last seven starts and 12 of 13. The Giants are coming off a three-game sweep of the Padres and are hitting the ball well. After a 1-0 win on Tuesday, the Giants erupted for 13 runs on Wednesday en route to a victory. Hunter Pence is 10-for-21 with seven runs scored and five RBIs during his six-game hitting streak. Denard Span recorded one hit in each game of the sweep versus San Diego and is 50-for-161 (.311) in his career against Mets pitching.
Pitchers: Giants – Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA) | Mets – Steven Matz (2-1. 5.40)
Jake Peavy looks to make it two strong starts in a row after a rough start to the season. He allowed two runs on seven hits in as many innings during a 7-2 victory over Miami last Saturday. Peavy kept the ball in the park for the first time in three starts and issued only his second walk of the season in that contest. Peavy owns a 6-4 career mark versus the Mets, with his last visit to the Citi Field being a memorable one as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before losing.
Young Steven Matz gets the ball for New York and will make just his 10th career start and first against San Francisco. After scattering three hits and striking out nine in seven scoreless innings in Cleveland on April 17th, Matz allowed two runs and fanned eight in 6.1 innings of an 8-2 rout of Atlanta on Saturday. He would like to wipe away his opening start to the season when he allowed 7 runs in just 1.2 innings of work against the Marlins.
The Mets are red hot and are on the heels of Washington entering the weekend. Matz is a good young pitcher who has success against teams that haven’t seen him yet. I don’t trust Peavy at all. I think the Mets roll tonight, so I’ll take the runline and make some good money.
Pick: Mets -1.5 +155