New York Mets: Jean Machi

Rapid Reaction: Giants 6, Mets 4

June, 8, 2014
Jun 8
SAN FRANCISCO -- The New York Mets return to the Big Apple a season-worst seven games under .500 and on a season-high six-game losing streak.

Zack Wheeler had his shortest career start. And despite a two-homer game from Curtis Granderson, the Mets were swept for the second straight series, this time with a 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at AT&T Park.

The Mets pulled within a run and had the tying run at third base in the eighth inning, but stranded Granderson when Chris Young flied out against Jean Machi. Vic Black surrendered an RBI single to Brandon Hicks in the bottom half after inheriting a baserunner at second from Scott Rice.

After winning four of five games in Philadelphia to open thid three-city trip, the Mets (28-35) went winless in Chicago and San Francisco. The Giants swept a series from the Mets for the first time since 2002. San Francisco is an MLB-best 42-21.

Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler had his shortest career start Sunday in San Francisco.

Tripped up: The ex-Giants farmhand Wheeler lasted 3 2/3 innings. He surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks in an 86-pitch effort.

Wheeler had entered the start off dominant performances against the Phillies and Cubs earlier in the trip. He limited them to a combined one run on six hits and two walks in 13 innings.

Josh Edgin handled the final out of the fourth, getting lefty-hitting Gregor Blanco to fly out to strand two inherited baserunners. Dana Eveland followed with two scoreless relief innings, but Carlos Torres surrendered an RBI single to Blanco in the seventh as San Francisco opened a 5-3 lead.

Sunday marked Wheeler’s third time pitching against the club that traded him to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011.

Wheeler allowed one run in seven innings at AT&T Park last July 10. He then walked six while allowing four runs in five innings against the Giants at Citi Field on Sept. 17. Wheeler was shut down for the season because of an innings cap after that start.

Deep thoughts: Granderson produced the 15th multi-homer game of his career, and first since Oct. 3, 2012 with the Yankees against the Boston Red Sox. He opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run shot against Tim Lincecum. Granderson then pulled the Mets within 4-3 in the sixth with a solo shot against Lincecum that landed in McCovey Cove.

Granderson’s first shot measured 439 feet, the second-longest homer by a Met this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Travis d’Arnaud had a 448-foot homer against Chad Bettis at Coors Field on May 1. The McCovey Cove shot registered 402 feet.

Granderson’s first-inning damage might have been bigger, but leadoff man Matt den Dekker was caught stealing when he broke for third base with Lincecum still holding the baseball.

Granderson and Daniel Murphy had three hits apiece.

In a pinch: David Wright did not get a full day off in his first non-start of the season. He pinch hit against reliever Juan Gutierrez with two outs and Eric Campbell at first base in the seventh. Wright struck out.

What’s next: After playing 20 games in 20 days, the Mets exhale Monday after an overnight flight back to New York. The Amazin’s host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21 ERA) opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Series preview: Mets at Giants

June, 6, 2014
Jun 6

Getty ImagesThe Mets face Matt Cain, Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum this weekend in San Francisco.
METS (28-32, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (39-21, first place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.69) vs. RHP Matt Cain (1-3, 3.66), 10:15 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75), 10:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01), 4:05 p.m. ET

Giants short hops

• Three-time All-Star Matt Cain will be activated from the disabled list to face the Mets. He departed a May 21 start after three scoreless innings with a strained right hamstring. Former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit, who was traded to the Miami Marlins to acquire Carlos Delgado on the eve of Thanksgiving in 2005, had stepped into the rotation in Cain’s absence. Petit has returned to the bullpen.

• In the same May 21 game against the Colorado Rockies that Cain became injured, reliever Santiago Casilla also strained his right hamstring. His remains on the disabled list and is at least two weeks away from being activated.

• After nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves, 38-year-old Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with San Francisco during the offseason. Hudson’s 1.75 ERA ranks second in the majors, trailing only Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (1.68). Hudson has tossed seven scoreless innings in each of his past two starts.

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesEx-Met Angel Pagan is hitting .321 this season.

Sergio Romo’s 18 saves are tied with San Diego’s Huston Street for the major league lead. Romo has converted 90 percent (18-for-20).

• Right fielder Hunter Pence (.290, 8 HR) signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Giants on Sept. 29. Pence has started 232 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors.

• San Francisco has won 11 of its past 14 games to move a season-high 18 games over .500. The Giants’ 39-21 record is the best in the majors. They play 20 of their next 25 games at AT&T Park.

• The Giants have scored an MLB-best 47 runs in the first inning.

Tim Lincecum, who appeared last season like he may be headed elsewhere, re-signed with the Giants for two years, $35 million on Oct. 23. Linecum allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings at Cincinnati in his last start as his ERA swelled to 5.01. He left his previous start with a blister on his right middle finger after tossing five no-hit innings against the Cubs, albeit with four walks and 96 pitches thrown. Lincecum turns 30 on June 15.

• Reliever Jean Machi has a 21 2/3-inning scoreless streak, trailing only Atlanta’s David Hale (22 2/3) on the active leaderboard. Miami’s Henderson Alvarez ranks third at 21 innings.

• Outfielder Tyler Colvin was promoted from Triple-A Fresno on May 10 after first baseman Brandon Belt suffered a broken left thumb. Belt is scheduled to get two pins removed on Friday. The fracture occurred when he was struck by a fastball from Paul Maholm.

Belt’s injury prompted Michael Morse to move from left field to first base. Morse is 14-for-his-last-36 (.389), with 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs during that span. He signed with the Giants on Dec. 12 for one year at $6 million.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford had been 4-for-his-last-32 before producing a three-run homer in the fourth inning Thursday afternoon against Cincinnati’s Mike Leake.

• With Marco Scutaro having missed the season’s first 60 games with a lower-back strain, Brandon Hicks has emerged as the regular second baseman. Brandon Hicks? Yes, the same player who looked challenged defensively in spring training with the Mets in 2013 and went on to hit .283 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs in 318 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. Hicks is in the midst of a 4-for-37 slump over his past 13 games that has dropped his average to .182, albeit with a .303 on-base percentage. Scutaro recently received platelet-rich plasma therapy.

• Ex-Met Angel Pagan is hitting .321 and has a .370 on-base percentage as San Francisco’s leadoff hitter and center fielder.

Buster Posey, whose gruesome left leg fracture in 2011 prompted MLB to institute the new blocking-the-plate rule, is 11-for-his-last-63. He has missed five games since May 20 with lower-back tightness related to a nerve issue. Posey has started 40 games at catcher and nine games at first base this season.

Madison Bumgarner, whom the Mets do not face, is the reigning NL Pitcher of the Month. He was the first Giant to win the award since Lincecum in June 2009. Bumgarner went 5-0 with a 2.08 and MLB-best 48 strikeouts in six starts in May.



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187