The New York Mets travel out west where they’ll meet the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series. They head to Dodger Stadium following this series. Both seasons are in the tubes, with the only objective finishing up strong and looking towards next season. There isn’t anything to play for other than questionable players trying to find a spot on the roster next season. The Giants just made waves by sending Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees.
It never worked out for Giants and McCutchen, who didn’t even last one full season in San Francisco. After spending nine years with the Pirates, he’s now been with two years in one season. The Yankees need it to work out with Cutch, who goes to a Yankees team gunning for a World Series. Beyond him working out, the Yankees need a healthy Aaron Judge.
In all likelihood, the Yankees are going to be hosting the American League Wild Card Game. They did the same thing a season ago, ousting the Twins by a score of 8-4. The Astros ended up coming out on top in the American League and ultimately winning the World Series. The Yanks certainly benefit from adding another bat, but the rotation leaves a lot to be desired compared to the Astros.
And even with the moves, the Red Sox still have the most dangerous offense in the AL. So, it’s going to be interesting to see how McCutchen helps. For the Giants, that leaves them with one less bat. The Giants’ offense was already suffering, but the subtraction of McCutchen doesn’t help anything. They weren’t winning anything with him, so I think it was a good move for them. Zack Wheeler is scheduled to start for the Mets, while the Giants counter with Andrew Suarez. Get our free Mets vs. Giants pick and writeup below.
N.Y. Mets vs. San Francisco Giants Pick
Zack Wheeler (9-6, 3.46 ERA) vs. Andrew Suarez (5-9, 4.42 ERA)
Zack Wheeler may have been talking to Jacob deGrom recently, because he’s been on fire and just as hot as deGrom. Wheeler of course doesn’t have the full resume to put on display from this season, but he’s been pitching just about as good as anyone at the moment. Wheeler enters San Francisco with an ERA of 0.95 in his previous three starts, allowing just 2 runs in 19 innings.
Additionally, he has an ERA of 1.17 with a 0.91 WHIP in his last seven tilts. He hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs since the Nationals scored 4 runs on him back on July 14th. Offense has been non-existent for the Giants against Wheeler. They are hitting less than .190 against Wheeler and have no long balls. The only guy that had a homer on him was McCutchen who is now a Yankee.
The Giants hope Andrew Suarez, who has been a solid contributor in his first season, will outduel Wheeler this evening. They might need it; the Giants offense has been lifeless as ever with only 4 runs scored in their last four games. The UNDER has gone 5-0 in their last five matchups. Suarez has been pitching well lately as well. He has 2 shutouts in two of his last three starts and an ERA of 2.87. The rookie has been much better at home, with a 3.39 ERA as opposed to 5.55 on the road. The Mets are 23rd in runs scored per game and the Giants are 26th. This is likely going to be a low-scoring contest, so a play on the UNDER doesn’t look bad Friday night in the Bay Area.