New York plays San Francisco after Vargas' strong outing
Flushing, Queens; Thursday, 12 p.m. EDT
LINE: Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: New York heads into the matchup fresh off a dominant performance by Jason Vargas. Vargas threw nine innings, surrendering zero runs on five hits with eight strikeouts against San Francisco.
The Mets are 16-10 in home games. The New York pitching staff averages 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, Jacob deGrom leads them with a mark of 10.9.
The Giants are 15-17 on the road. The San Francisco pitching staff owns a combined team ERA of 4.64, Madison Bumgarner paces the staff with a mark of 3.94. The Mets won the last meeting 7-0. Jason Vargas earned his second victory and Amed Rosario went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for New York. Tyler Beede took his second loss for San Francisco.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 4-6, .273 batting average, 5.28 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Giants: 4-6, .247 batting average, 4.97 ERA, outscored by nine runs
Mets Injuries: Justin Wilson: 10-day IL (elbow), Drew Smith: 60-day IL (elbow), Jacob deGrom: day-to-day (hip), Luis Avilan: 10-day IL (elbow), Dom Smith: day-to-day (thumb), Brandon Nimmo: 10-day IL (neck), Yoenis Cespedes: 60-day IL (heels), Jed Lowrie: 60-day IL (knee), Robinson Cano: day-to-day (quad).