There has been some pretty spots and downright ugly moments for the San Francisco Giants in 2018. This past weekend was ugly for the Giants who never found their footing against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds got the sweep following a 11-4 win Sunday. This came after the Giants were a play away from sweeping the Dodgers. They still won two of three against their rival, which was impressive enough for them.
That’s baseball for an average team. One day you’re on top of the world, and the next it’s bad headline after bad headline. There was nothing positive to write about over the weekend. From the lack of energy on offense, to poor pitching, the Giants had nothing working for them. After a successful three-game series against their rival, the Dodgers, San Fran didn’t look interested in going to work in Cincinnati.
The New York Mets will hope to avoid something similar to start the week at home. The Mets are returning home to Citi Field after a lengthy stint on the road. They will be playing at home for the first time since August 8th. They had eleven games on the road and will finally head home for a date with the Giants. The Mets put a bow on their road trip with an impressive win over the Phillies on Sunday night. They helped out the Braves with the victory, but it doesn’t put a dent in their own cause. The Mets are well behind with a record of 54-69. Nonetheless, they’ve been playing better baseball recently. Zack Wheeler will get the honors on the bump tonight for the Mets. The Giants will counter with Derek Holland. Head below for our free Giants vs. Mets pick.
San Francisco Giants vs. N.Y. Mets Pick
Derek Holland (6-8, 3.83 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (8-6, 3.75 ERA)
With deGrom leading the pack and Syndergaard and Wheeler following in the Mets’ rotation, you would think this would a postseason contender. They have a Cy Young favorite and a couple of decent options after that, yet this team is more than 10 games back of finding the postseason. Maybe if the offense decided to start playing baseball earlier in the year, they wouldn’t have this problem right now. The Mets’ offense has been slowly coming out of a coma recently, but that’s going to be enough at this juncture.
Wheeler has been adequate with an ERA of 3.75 and 1.23. He’s also been hot lately with a 1.42 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. It’s been okay for at home, with a 3.94 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. That’s fine but a lack of run support has done them in. No, it certainly doesn’t look that way if you see their 16-run and 24-run outings last week. Even if you look at Sunday night against the Phillies, the offense was performing well.
Derek Holland has been serviceable for his club as well. After trying to rid himself of bothersome injuries since 2014, Holland has looked like a good mid-rotation type of guy this season. He goes into Monday with a 3.83 ERA and 3.31 ERA in his last three outings. He’s been better on the road with an ERA of 3.56 in 73.1 innings of work.
After such a long road trip which seen a few big bright spots for the Mets, the latest coming last night, I think we’re going to see them hit a letdown spot at home. They go from beating up a divisional rival on Sunday Night Baseball to playing in a routine matchup against the Giants on Monday night. A Giants team, mind you, who will likely be looking to save face after a disappointing weekend in Cincinnati. The Mets are still going to be thinking about Sunday night, while the Giants should be focused. I’d go with the underdog in this spot.