Mets-Giants preview

BY foxsports • August 20, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two pitchers with a combined 267 major league victories seek their first at AT&T Park with their current team Saturday when Bartolo Colon and Matt Moore square off in the third contest of a four-game series between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.

The Giants (68-54) have won the first two games of the series, which has enabled them to erase a 1 1/2-game deficit and take over first place in the National League West by a half-game over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets (60-62), meanwhile, continue to sink in the NL wild-card race. They've fallen 5 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot, which is held by the St. Louis Cardinals (65-56).

A baserunning blunder, a two-run throwing error and a bullpen blow-up helped doom the Mets in Friday's 8-1 loss.

It appears right fielder Jay Bruce will pay the price, even though he wasn't involved in any of the aforementioned issues. He did, however, ground into a double play with the potential tying runs on base in the eighth inning, making him 12-for-68 as a Met.

He will be given Saturday off, Mets manager Terry Collins announced after the game.

"I just talked to him," Collins told reporters. "He's really pressing."

Several Giants were having similar problems before the club broke out for 17 hits in Thursday's 10-7, series-opening win.

San Francisco pounded out 15 more hits Friday.

"This is a good offensive club," Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted after Friday's victory. "I know we went through a tough stretch there. But they're good hitters. They're comfortable up there."

That comfort level will be tested by Colon, who has won twice in San Francisco, once for the Montreal Expos in 2002 and 10 years later for the Oakland Athletics in 2012.

He's failed to add to that win total in two subsequent starts at AT&T Park for the Mets, getting a no-decision in a 5-4 defeat in 2014 and suffering the loss in a 3-0 setback at the hands of the Giants last season.

Colon takes the mound tied with CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees for the most road wins among active pitchers with 118. No other pitcher has more than 100.

Even at age 43, Colon remains a force at the opponent's ballpark. He's gone 6-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 road starts this season. Only 14 pitchers have more road wins.

Suffice it to say, Colon has pitched better at AT&T Park (2-1 with a 2.78 ERA in four starts) than Moore, who debuted at his new home park Monday and was roughed up for five runs on six hits in six innings in an 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Moore was a strong home pitcher while with the Rays, going 21-14 with a 3.76 ERA.

He has never faced the Mets in his six-year career.

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