San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets: A Battle of Disappointment
By Jake Mastroianni
The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets were both supposed to be playoff contenders this year, but both have been major disappointments.
When these two teams face off this weekend, it will be a battle between two of the worst teams in the National League.
Not only that, but both teams are in the midst of terrible slumps.
The Mets are 2-8 in their last 10 games, while the Giants are just 1-9 in their last 10. The teams have a combined record of 13-28 in the month of June. Sadly enough, the San Francisco Giants have just five of those wins.
Both teams have dealt with injuries, but they both have players who are under performing.
Matt Harvey was once considered an ace, but he has an ERA of 5.25 in 70.1 innings this year. He just doesn’t look like the same pitcher before his most recent injury.
Zack Wheeler, a once promising prospect, also has an ERA over five in 66.1 innings pitched.
The biggest blow came when Noah Syndergaard was shut down with an injury.
The Mets went to the World Series in 2015 on the backs of a great pitching rotation. It looked like they would have an elite staff for years, but that’s not the case.
They are 14th in the National League in ERA. That’s insane when you think about the talent they have in their pitching staff.
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Yoenis Cespedes has been great offensively, but has also been hampered by injuries. Outside of him and Michael Conforto, the Mets offense has been a mess.
The Mets are ninth in the league in runs scored and 11th in batting average.
Despite how bad that all sounds, the San Francisco Giants are still five-and-a-half games worse than the New York Mets.
The Giants have also lost their best pitching for most of the season in Madison Bumgarner. His replacement, Ty Blach, has the best ERA of any Giants starter at 4.23.
And the bullpen hasn’t been any better either after a terrible 2016.
As a whole, the pitching staff ranks 11th in the league with a 4.69 ERA.
The offense has been even worse for the San Francisco Giants this year as we detailed here.
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To say these two teams have been a disappointment in 2017 is an understatement. Once thought to be playoff contenders, these two teams will face-off this weekend as two of the worst teams in the National League.