Talking Giants Baseball: A San Francisco Giants/Baseball Blog: San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets: Barry Zito, Giants Roll Into New York

Friday, April 20, 2012

San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets: Barry Zito, Giants Roll Into New York

By Vince Cestone
Twitter @vintalkingiants



The San Francisco Giants are coming off a strong 4-2 opening homestand and look continue their good play on the road.

San Francisco is 6-6 on the season, but they are looking better as the season goes on. After getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in their opening series, the Giants have gone 6-3 and have lowered their team ERA to 3.65.

The Giants have a 5.58 road ERA compared to a 1.93 ERA so far this season.

The Giants are heading into New York with a head of steam after their thrilling walk-off, 11-inning victory against the Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Cain pitched nine shutout innings in his no-decision, while Cliff Lee pitched 10 innings and suffered the same fate.

The Giants scored an unearned run in the 11th inning on a Melky Cabrera one-out single. The Giants' runner who scored reach on an error.

Barry Zito heads into New York with a 1-0 record and a 1.13 ERA. His opponent, Jonathon Niese, is a perfect 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

Opponents are hitting just .156 against Niese in two starts.

The Giants' offense is well--just enough.

San Francisco ranks 10th in the National League in runs scored with 50. They are hitting .252 as a team, good for seventh in the league.

It is safe to say that the Giants' offense cannot be considered great just yet--but it is an improvement so far from years passed.

In this upcoming series in New York, however, pitching will have the upper hand.

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Barry Zito: By WeeHaggis (Flickr: [1]) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 ( or CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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