Zack Wheeler played a small role in the Giants' inability to defend their World Series title by capping off a New York Mets' sweep in early July with a strong outing against his former organization.
Wheeler looks to extend the Mets' recent dominance against San Francisco starting today when the Mets host the Giants in the opener of a three-game set. Wheeler — traded to the Mets for Carlos Beltran in 2011 — held San Francisco to one run over seven innings July 10.
New York's three-game sweep ended a miserable 1-8 start to July for San Francisco, which has dropped five in a row to the Mets.
The Giants' track record is a little better in New York, however, where they have won two straight and six of eight overall.
But they'll have their hands full with Wheeler, who has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven outings. Wheeler, who is 2-4 with a 4.43 ERA at home, will make the 17th start of his career.
San Francisco enters this series with a 6-2 mark over its last eight contests due in part to the red-hot Hunter Pence, who has homered in four straight games and has 19 RBIs in his last six contests. In all, Pence has six homers in six days, including five in the recent four-game Los Angeles Dodgers series.
The Giants will send Yusmeiro Petit to the mound to oppose Wheeler. Coming off a near-perfect game Sept. 6 against Arizona, Petit retired the first 11 batters he faced before giving up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Wednesday against Colorado.
San Francisco is undefeated in his four starts, during which time he is allowing opposing hitters to bat .206 and has yet to surrender a home run.
Petit will make his first appearance versus the Mets since a two-inning relief stint in 2006 and first start against them.
— SportsDirectSeinfeld to broadcast Mets game vs. Giants
Stop me if you've heard this one before.
Jerry Seinfeld will join the broadcast crew today for the New York Mets, a team that is 15 games below .500 and with little to laugh about this season.
The comic is a longtime fan of the team. He will appear on the pregame show and then join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling for the call of the game against the Giants.
Seinfeld also broadcast a game between the Mets and Detroit on June 23, 2010.
— The Associated Press