Mets to face lots of lefties, miss aces

Mets to face lots of lefties, miss aces

SAN FRANCISCO -- The left coast is what some of us on the right coast call it out here. The Mets are quite comfortable with that identification as it applies to the starting pitchers they are to face in their second visit to California.

They are to be opposed by left-handed starters in four of the seven games they play against the Giants and Padres, teams that, entering Monday, had respective records that were nine and 12 games under .500.

Beyond that, the Mets are once again feasting on left-handed pitching. They have won five of the last seven games in which they have been opposed by left-handed starters and have a 13-6 record in all games of that nature. Through Sunday, only the Phillies (15-7), among National League teams, had more victories, but the Mets had the highest winning percentage (.684).

They were to face left-handed starters Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito on Monday and Tuesday nights in San Francisco, and Randy Wolf on Friday night and Wilfredo Ledezma on Sunday in San Diego.

Moreover, the way their opponents' rotations turn, the Mets won't face Tim Lincecum, the Giants' No. 1 starter, and unless disabled Jake Peavy is inserted into the rotation for one of the four games in San Diego Thursday through Sunday, the Mets will miss him as well.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.