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#963 New York Mets -165 vs.
#964 San Francisco Giants 7.5
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:15pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The San Francisco Giants and New York Mets will resume a four-game series when they square off at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Friday night.

Mayor Pete

The Mets lost a marathon on Thursday despite briefly taking a lead in the 16th inning thanks to rookie Pete Alonso’s 32nd home run. Alonso has homered in back-to-back contests for New York, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

Right-hander Jacob deGrom (5-7, 3.21 ERA) is taking the mound for New York on Friday. DeGrom allowed one run and six hits with six strikeouts over five innings in last Sunday’s 6-2 victory over Miami. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has posted a 2.57 ERA with a 77-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last 10 starts. Joe Panik is 3-for-17 against deGrom, who is 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in seven career starts against San Francisco, including a 2-1 record and 3.86 ERA mark in three outings at Oracle Park.

Marathon men

The Giants look to pull even at .500 for the first time since Opening Day when they continue their four-game series against visiting New York Mets. They extended their winning streak to six games after Donovan Solano delivered a walk-off single in Thursday’s 16-inning, 3-2 victory. San Francisco is now 7-2 in extra innings this season. Alex Dickerson recorded three hits and Madison Bumgarner allowed one run over nine innings for the Giants, who have won 13 of their last 15 and pulled within 2.5 games of the second wild card in the National League. San Francisco won despite a rough performance by Buster Posey, who went 1-for-7 and struck out a career-high four times.

Tyler Beede (3-3, 5.44 ERA) will oppose deGrom on Friday. The right-hander won his second straight start with an impressive performance against Milwaukee this past Sunday, allowing three runs while registering seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings. He owns a 3.41 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 29 innings over his last five starts during this rookie campaign.

“He’s taken huge strides,”manager Bruce Bochy told commented. “His confidence is growing. He’s attacking the strike zone. He had the good breaking ball and a good change going, too. He had a good mix going.”

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Pablo Sandoval is batting .163 over his last 16 games after going 1-for-7 in Thursday’s contest. It won’t get any easier for him against deGrom. New York is 4-1 in its last five overall, 4-1 in its last five on the road, 5-2 in deGrom’s last seven starts in this matchup, and 7-2 in its last nine at San Francisco. The Giants are 5-14 in their last 19 against the National League East and 11-30 in their last 41 against starters with WHIPs under 1.15.

Prediction: New York Mets

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Alonso has homered in back-to-back games for the Mets and he has 32 on the season. Beede is sporting a 5.44 ERA through 11 appearances (nine starts) in 2019. The over is 13-6-3 in the Mets’ last 22 against right-handed starters, 8-2-1 in deGrom’s last 11 starts, and 5-1 in his last six road starts. It is also 10-4-1 in the Giants’ last 15 overall. Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over

Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.