NY Mets (61-62) at San Francisco (68-55)
When: Sunday, August 21st 2016
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The New York Mets continue their 10-game road trip with the last of our against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night. The Mets got an offensive jolt from Yoenis Cespedes, who in his second game back from a 14-game absence, smacked two homerun to help New York to a 9-5 victory. Cespedes leads the team with a .293 batting average, 24 homeruns, and 62 RBI. The win brought the Mets to within 4.5 games of the Cardinals in the second NL Wild Card spot and New York will visit St. Louis next week to end their long road trip. San Francisco enters Sunday one-half game ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West, but is 11-22 since the All-Star break and hasn’t won more than two straight during that stretch. Angel Pagan (.299) went 1-for-2 on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 18 games before leaving with tightness in his right groin. He is batting .356 with 14 runs during the streak.
Pitchers: Mets – Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 2.76 ERA) | Giants – Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.24)
Noah Syndergaard broke a six-start winless streak (0-4, 3.78) last time out and also homered for the third time in New York’s 7-5 over Arizona. Syndergaard allowed four Diamondbacks to steal a base, raising his total allowed to 40 – the most in baseball by 18 over Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson. Syndergaard is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in two starts versus San Francisco after allowing four runs and five hits in 5.2 innings of a 6-1 loss May 1st.
Jeff Samardzija received a no-decision on Tuesday after allowing three runs and six hits with five strikeouts in six innings against the Pirates. The Giants have scored a total of eight runs in Samardzija’s last five starts, but it was enough to get him a 1-0 victory over Miami on August 10th. The three previous starts before that had all been losses as Samardzija allowed 14 runs in 18.2 innings during that stretch. Samardzija is 0-3 with an 8.72 ERA in nine games (three starts) against New York.
Syndergaard has pitched well even in his losses and now Cespedes and Neil Walker are both back in the lineup. Samardzija has had issues with New York in his career and he’s not pitching very well now and the Giants are struggling. I’ll take New York tonight.
Pick: Mets -111