Turning things around this week against a New York Mets that is rolling will be no easy task and the Mets vs Giants Series Odds will reflect the two teams’ different trajectories.
To say that the San Francisco Giants have been streaky is quite an understatement. After posting two five-game winning streaks in April, they opened May with five straight losses, followed that up with six consecutive wins, and now find themselves struggling through another losing streak.
- Game: Mets (28-15) at Giants (22-18)
- Location: Oracle Park
- Day/Time: Monday, 9:45 p.m. ET
- Television: SNY, NBC Sports Bay Area
Mets vs Giants Probable Starting Pitchers
- Monday: David Peterson (Mets) vs. Alex Cobb (Giants)
- Tuesday: Chris Bassitt (Mets) vs. Logan Webb (Giants)
- Wednesday: TBD vs Jakob Junis (Giants)
Mets Pulling Away in NL East
After taking two of three at Colorado this weekend, the New York Mets standing in the NL East was quite remarkable. While they lead the National League with 28 wins, each of the other four teams in their division was below .500. The wide disparity has left the Mets with an MLB-high eight-game lead as June approaches. And don’t expect a slump anytime soon; New York has won 14 straight games following a loss, the longest such streak in the majors in nearly a decade. They are also 7-0 in road series’ this season.
New York is relying mostly on its veteran rotation that ranks second in the NL with a 3.26 ERA, although injuries are beginning to pile up on that front. Not long after Tylor Megill hit the injured list with biceps tendinitis, Max Scherzer pulled himself from a start and was shelved with an oblique injury. Of course, ace Jacob deGrom remains sidelined with a stress reaction in his shoulder blade that will keep him out well into June.
That leaves the Mets scrambling a bit in this series. They’ll recall David Peterson from Triple-A Syracuse for Monday’s series opener and, after Chris Bassitt gets the nod on Tuesday, they may need to dip into the minors again to finish out the set. Thomas Szapucki, whose only MLB experience was one relief outing last year in which he gave up six runs in 3⅔ innings, is a candidate to start Wednesday.
Expect the sportsbook to consider New York’s situation on the mound when laying out the odds this week.
Giants’ Bats Went Silent Over the Weekend
The San Francisco Giants averaged 6.8 runs during a 12-game stretch entering Saturday, but proceeded to put up one run in consecutive games over the weekend against the San Diego Padres.
They had a total of 10 hits in those two games, four in Sunday’s ugly 10-1 loss. Shortstop Brandon Crawford, coming off his best offensive season, was 0-for-4 Sunday to drop his average to .210. Third baseman Evan Longoria is 5-for-32 with 10 strikeouts and zero walks in 10 games since returning from finger surgery.
Injuries are also popping up for San Francisco, which placed three position players on the IL or concussion list during the San Diego series. Chief among them is first baseman Brandon Belt, who is out with a knee problem, robbing the Giants of their regular No. 2 hitter.
Your MLB betting tips for this series have to account for any updates on the injury front in San Francisco.
- Brandon Nimmo, Mets CF: Batting .339 with a .421 on-base percentage over his last 17 games.
- Luis Guillorme, Mets 2B: Utility guy is 10-for-18 over his last seven games.
- Mike Yastrzemski, Giants RF: Two doubles, two walks in San Diego series, and 9-for-19 during a six-game hitting streak.
- Luis Gonzalez, Giants OF/P: Two-way standout had a single and threw two scoreless innings in Sunday’s loss.
- J.D. Davis, Mets DH: Hitless in five of his last seven starts and batting .188.
- Chasen Shreve, Mets RP: Allowed five runs (two homers) in 2⅓ innings over his last three appearances.
- Zack Littell, Giants RP: After six scoreless appearances in April, he has a 10.24 ERA in May.
- Michael Papierski, Giants C: This isn’t fair as he’s only had three career at-bats since coming up from the minors Saturday, but he’s struck out in each of them.
- Sherzer is expected back early to mid-July as he rehabs from a “moderate to high-grade internal oblique strain.”
- Megill is eligible to return from the IL on Friday but the Mets aren’t expected to rush him back.
- New York catcher James McCann had surgery May 17 to repair a broken wrist and is expected out for about six weeks.
- Austin Slater, occasionally the leadoff man for the Giants, left Sunday’s game with left wrist discomfort.
- San Francisco catcher Curt Casali was placed on the 7-day concussion list Saturday.
- Giants OF LaMonte Wade went on the 10-day IL on Friday with left knee inflammation.
Mets vs Giants Series Odds Betting Tips
Both teams are a bit banged up, but a New York Mets’ lineup that leads the NL in hits and is batting .291 over its last five games is intact. Alex Cobb, the starter for the San Francisco Giants in Monday’s opener, is coming off a brutal outing at Colorado (insert asterisk). Expect the Mets to jump on him and set the tone for the series, and monitor the injuries and matchups the rest of the way when analyzing your Mets vs Giants series odds.Follow us on Twitter