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Series preview: Mets vs. Giants

8/1/2014
Associated Press

Recently acquired Jake Peavy made his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers.METS (52-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (58-50, second place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 3.23) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-10, 4.71), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41), 1:10 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71), 12:10 p.m. ET

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Jake Peavy was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for right-hander Heath Hembree and minor-league left-hander Edwin Escobar. Peavy allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings in an eventual 4-3 loss to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in his Giants debut. Since a win on April 25 with Boston, Peavy has lost 10 straight decisions. Boston scored two runs or fewer in each of his final eight starts with the club. The Giants and Red Sox agreed to split the $5 million remaining on the 33-year-old Peavy’s contract.

Peavy’s acquisition gives the Giants an upgrade over former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit with Matt Cain on the disabled list. Cain (2-7, 4.18 ERA) sought a second opinion this week on his balky right elbow and could be in line for Tommy John surgery that forces him to miss next season as well.

• First baseman Brandon Belt is expected to return this weekend from the concussion DL. He had persistent symptoms after being struck in the face with a baseball while fielding during batting practice.

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Gregor Blanco has handled center field with Angel Pagan on the disabled list.

Angel Pagan is expected to remain on the disabled list through the Mets series, but should be activated next week. He last appeared for the Giants on June 14. The ex-Met has a bulging disk that pinched a nerve and caused leg pain. Gregor Blanco has manned center field with Pagan sidelined.

• Dissatisfied at second base, the Giants took a chance on Dan Uggla, who was released by the Atlanta Braves. Uggla, however, went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and committed three errors in four games. He reportedly did not travel with the Giants to New York and is mulling an offer to join the Giants’ Triple-A Fresno affiliate. Overall, Uggla has only one hit in his past 32 major league at-bats.

San Francisco searched for a second baseman via trade, but let Thursday’s deadline pass with no activity.

St. John’s University product Joe Panik, who graduated from John Jay High School in East Fishkill, N.Y., started Wednesday at second base. The rookie Panik was selected in the first round (29th overall) in 2011. He made his major league debut June 29, but is hitting only .214. There is speculation Double-A prospect Matt Duffy could take over the position. Marco Scutaro (back) is on the DL.

Brandon Hicks, who started at second base when the Mets played in San Francisco in early June, has been in Triple-A for the past two weeks after hitting only .162 with eight homers in 71 games with the Giants.

• San Francisco snapped a season-high-matching six-game losing streak with a win in Wednesday’s homestand finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants averaged one run per game during that skid. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other time in the past 99 seasons did the Giants produced six runs or fewer in a six-game span -- back in 1992. The Giants have lost 29 of their last 45 games. They once owned a 42-21 record.

Ryan Vogelsong has received no run support while on the mound in five of his last six outings. San Francisco ultimately was shut out in four of those games.

• The lone Giants active starting pitcher the Mets miss in the four-game series is Tim Lincecum. He tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 25, becoming the second pitcher in major league history to produce the feat twice against the same opponent. Lincecum joined Hall of Famer Addie Joss, who accomplished it in the early 20th century.

Sergio Romo was displaced as Giants closer on June 29 after blowing three saves in a five-chance span. He has allowed a career-high eight homers this season. Santiago Casilla has notched seven of the Giants’ last eight saves.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford is 4-for-his-last-23.

• Right fielder Hunter Pence is 4-for-his-last-33. Pence has appeared in 330 straight games and started 280 straight games. Both are the longest active streaks in the majors.

Buster Posey is hitting .386 as a first baseman and .255 as a catcher this season.