Giants-Mets Preview

A dramatic comeback helped the New York Mets re-establish their

success over the San Francisco Giants.

Giving the ball to Jonathon Niese, especially at home, may only

extend it.

Following Josh Satin’s clutch hitting, Niese looks to continue

his recent home dominance and help the Mets take this three-game

set from the Giants on Thursday.

New York (68-83) scored five runs in the final two innings,

including four in the ninth after Satin’s two-run, walkoff single

provided the winning margin in Wednesday’s 5-4 victory over San

Francisco. He also plated a run in the eighth on a sacrifice

fly.

“If there’s anything that typifies what we’re trying to do here,

it was that ninth inning,” manager Terry Collins said. “When you’re

playing the world champions, down by three, Matt Cain is mowing you

down, it might be easy to say to yourself, ‘We don’t belong

here.'”

The Mets may have felt that way Tuesday, dropping the series

opener 8-5 to end their five-game winning streak over the

Giants.

New York is trying to conclude this 11-game homestand with five

wins in seven games after being swept by Washington in a four-game

set.

Turning to Niese (7-7, 3.88 ERA) could help since he’s 4-1 with

a 3.13 ERA in seven starts since returning from a partially torn

left rotator cuff. The left-hander has been particularly impressive

in three home games, going 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA.

He won at Citi Field again Friday, allowing three runs and two

homers with seven strikeouts before being pulled with one out in

the seventh of a 4-3 victory over Miami.

Niese is 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts versus the

Giants. He last faced them Aug. 1, 2012, when he allowed one run in

seven innings of a 2-1 road win.

San Francisco will counter Niese with Madison Bumgarner (12-9,

2.83), one of the club’s most consistent starters.

The left-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 18

straight starts, San Francisco’s longest such streak since Tim

Lincecum went 19 games from Aug. 16, 2007-June 11, 2008.

Bumgarner pulled within one game of that streak in impressive

fashion in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He

outpitched Clayton Kershaw, allowing two runs and five hits with

six strikeouts in six innings.

Despite his consistent stretch, Bumgarner’s victory over the

Dodgers was his first in eight starts since he’s been backed by an

average of 2.7 runs.

He got plenty of help in his only visit to Citi Field on April

23, 2012, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-2

victory.

Gregor Blanco has been superb at the plate during a seven-game

hitting streak, going 12 for 23 (.522) with five RBIs and five

runs. He had a two-run homer Wednesday, but he’s just 1 for 6

versus Niese.

Buster Posey is 4 for 8 with two doubles and a homer off the

Mets starter, but he’s 1 for 17 while the Giants are 3-2 on this

10-game road trip.