So yes, runs could come at a premium with these two studs on the mound. But don't count out either offense, as both have been rolling lately, as well. The Mets scored 19 runs in a sweep of the Marlins over the weekend, while the Giants outscored the Astros, 17-3, in a three-game sweep last week.
NYM: LHP Oliver Perez (6-3, 2.54 ERA)
Regarding Perez, catcher Paul Lo Duca said, "He's become a monster." The southpaw has won three straight starts, allowing merely three runs, 11 hits and six walks over 23 innings. His ERA in those outings is 1.17. His lone loss in April was to the Giants. The Mets' defense betrayed him in that game, but he also didn't stop the bleeding.
SF: RHP Tim Lincecum (2-0, 3.08 ERA)
Lincecum was more effective than spectacular in his last outing, which is to say that he was extremely good. He worked eight innings -- his longest Major League stint yet -- while allowing two runs and five hits in the Giants' 4-2 victory against the Astros on Tuesday. Instead of simply overpowering hitters, Lincecum, who struck out four, forced Houston to hit his pitch as he induced 15 ground-ball outs. Opponents are batting a mere .202 off the righty, who will have two extra days of rest due to a pair of scheduled off-days.
Player to watch
Rich Aurilia has four homers in 28 career at-bats against Perez, including a three-run shot when they faced each other on May 7.
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Wednesday: Giants (Barry Zito, 4-5, 4.70) at Mets (Tom Glavine, 5-2, 3.39), 7:10 p.m. ET
Thursday: Giants (Matt Cain, 2-4, 3.23) at Mets (Orlando Hernandez, 2-1, 2.13), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: Diamondbacks (TBD) at Mets (John Maine, 6-2, 2.79), 7:10 p.m. ET