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
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
“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
The Mets may have felt that way Tuesday, dropping the series
opener 8-5 to end their five-game winning streak over the
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
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
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
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.