Game Thread: Mets (54-61) vs Giants (62-53)
On Sunday against the Padres, Santana spared the bullpen again, pitching eight inning for the second time in as many starts — and the second time this season. He allowed a run on five hits and two walks, striking out four. He also had two hits, drove in a run and scored one run. Now, the lefty is to face the Giants, the team he beat in mid-May at San Francisco in a flawed performance — 11 hits and six runs (four earned) — in seven innings. Santana has had one other appearance against the Giants in the past four years — five scoreless innings in a victory at Shea Stadium last summer. Aaron Rowand (13-for-41) and Bengie Molina (12-for-29) have combined to bat .417 in 60 at-bats against Santana, who has a 4.09 ERA and a 5-6 record in 11 starts on the road this season.
Cain has been stuck on 12 wins for three starts, though he pitched admirably in two of them. He received a no-decision while pitching nine innings in the Giants’ 1-0, 10-inning victory over Pittsburgh on July 29 before hurling an eight-inning complete game at Houston in a 4-3 loss on Aug. 3. Cain allowed two home runs in that game, a trend which continued last Sunday against Cincinnati when he yielded two more long balls. Cain faced the Mets on May 17 and pitched six innings in a 2-0 Giants triumph.