Preview: Game 109
San Francisco Giants (58-50) at New York Mets (52-56)
Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 3.94 ERA) vs Jon Niese (5-6, 3.23)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM
The San Francisco Giants broke out of their offensive slump -- at least temporarily -- to end a season high-tying losing streak.
They hope to back the run support-starved Ryan Vogelsong with better production Friday night when they visit the surging New York Mets.
San Francisco (58-50) continues to chase Los Angeles for the NL West lead but snapped a six-game skid Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Pittsburgh. The Giants had totaled six runs while batting .176 during the losing streak, then scratched out 12 singles against the Pirates.
Gregor Blanco was 3 for 3 and drove in two runs.
San Francisco could get a boost from the potential return of Brandon Belt, who hasn't played since July 19 due to a concussion. Belt has 10 homers and 23 RBIs in 46 games.
The Mets (52-56) are six games behind San Francisco in the wild-card standings but have been the NL's best team since July 4, going 15-8 and winning nine of their last 11 at home.
Lucas Duda is batting .311 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs since July 4 and has homered five times in his last eight games.
However, Duda has hit just .167 with no homers in 15 career matchups with San Francisco and is 0 for 5 against Vogelsong (5-8, 3.94 ERA), who is winless in six straight starts. The Giants have backed him with three runs of support -- all in one outing -- over 33 2/3 innings in that span, and his 3.34 run-support average is one of the lowest in the majors.
The right-hander gave up four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Ryan Vogelsong, who owns a 5.44 ERA on the road, hasn't gone seven starts without a victory since a 12-start winless stretch -- the longest of his career -- from April 14-June 18, 2004, with Pittsburgh. He's gone without a decision in his last three outings against the Mets while surrendering 10 runs in 18 innings.
New York's Jon Niese (5-6, 3.23) will make his third start since a stint on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder. On Saturday he held Milwaukee scoreless for four innings before surrendering three runs in the fifth. He later disagreed with manager Terry Collins' decision to pinch-hit for him in the sixth.
Niese boasts a strong history versus San Francisco, posting a 2.38 ERA in five starts despite a 1-2 record. Buster Posey is 6 for 15
Daniel Murphy is 12 for 25 over his last six games and 4 for 8 against Vogelsong.
San Francisco swept a three-game series between the teams at home in June.
Batter vs Pitcher:
|NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. RYAN VOGELSONG (1-0, 3.67 ERA)|
|Eric Young Jr.||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000||.000||.000||.000|
|SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JONATHON NIESE (1-2, 2.88 ERA)|