R.A. Dickey is becoming familiar with the New York Mets’
struggles at the plate, but their most recent effort may be cause
for some optimism.
The San Francisco Giants don’t appear to have any of that
Dickey and the Mets will try to take advantage of the Giants’
slump when they open a three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday
The Giants (13-15) have dropped eight of 11 while hitting .203
and scoring two runs or fewer in eight of those contests, including
The reigning World Series champions were outscored 11-4 while
losing three of four to Washington, capped by Monday’s 2-0 loss.
The lineup mustered three hits and failed to generate any support
for Madison Bumgarner for a third consecutive start.
“There’s not much we can do if we’re not hitting,” manager Bruce
Bochy said. “We’re awful right now. We know it.”
Aubrey Huff is one of the main culprits, batting .190 with two
homers and 15 RBIs on the season while mired in a 3-for-37 slump
with two RBIs over his last 11 games.
The first baseman hit .290 while leading San Francisco with 26
homers and 86 RBIs last season.
“We’re not doing anything offensively – including myself,” Huff
said. “We’re all struggling. I’m the worst of it.”
Huff is hitting .441 (15 for 34) over his past nine meetings
with the Mets, but he’s just 1 for 6 against the knuckleballer
Dickey (1-3, 3.82 ERA).
The right-hander is hoping to snap his own skid. He’s 0-3 with a
4.67 ERA over five games – four starts – since allowing one
unearned run in six innings of a 9-2 win at Florida in his season
debut April 3.
Dickey has received eight total runs of support over his last
four starts, getting one Wednesday while yielding two runs in 6 2-3
innings before the Mets (12-16) rallied with a four-run ninth in a
6-3 win at Washington.
“Anytime you’re down and you fight back in it, it’s good for
morale,” said Dickey, who was the hard-luck loser in a 2-0 defeat
to San Francisco on July 15 after allowing one run in seven
New York’s bats have struggled over the last four games, hitting
.220 with nine runs while going 4 for 34 with runners in scoring
position. They were 1 for 16 in those situations Sunday, leaving 19
men on base, but they collected 14 hits in a 2-1, 14-inning win at
Philadelphia, ending a three-game slide.
Ronny Paulino may have earned a second consecutive start after
getting a career-high five hits, including an RBI double in the
“That’s pretty impressive, five hits in his first full game,”
manager Terry Collins said of the catcher, who’s played just two
games since being activated from the disabled list Friday. He also
started the year serving the remainder of a 50-game suspension for
violating baseball’s drug program with Florida last year.
David Wright is also providing some offensive punch, getting
five hits in three games, with three coming Sunday before he scored
on Paulino’s double. The All-Star third baseman is hitting .338 in
40 career games against the Giants.
San Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong (1-0, 1.74) gets the ball again
in place of the injured Barry Zito (foot), and he’s trying to build
on his first win as a starter since beating New York with
Pittsburgh on Sept. 19, 2004.
The right-hander was sharp Thursday, yielding two runs and four
hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-2 victory at
Pittsburgh in his first start since 2004.