200 Miles From the Citi

July 15, 2010 1:55 PM

Mets Need A Giant Start To Second Half


The good news?  Unlike more than half the teams in baseball, the Mets get going in the second half on Thursday, not Friday.

The bad news?  The Mets have an 11-game west coast swing to open the half.

More bad news?  They start against the Giants and their pitching staff, including Tim Lincecum tonight.

The good news?  In his career, Lincecum is just 0-1 with a 5.04 ERA against the Mets.

There's more bad news rolled into that, though - Lincecum pitched seven strong innings against the Mets earlier this year, and while he didn't factor into the decision, the Giants won the game, 6-5.  (The Mets did take 2 out of 3 from the Giants during that series at Citi Field in May.)

There's a lot about tonight's 10 o'clock eastern start that's worth staying up for:

-First and foremost, Carlos Beltran will return to the Mets' lineup, and Angel Pagan will platoon with Jeff Francoeur in right field for now.

-R. A. Dickey gets the start in the first game after the break - there's a lot of hope pinned to that dancing knuckler as we get towards the stretch run of the season.

-David Wright showed during the All Star Game that he's still locked in pretty well - he's had two-and-a-half days of rest, which can only help his legs.

-Jose Reyes should be playing tonight - the Mets are going to need him to be healthy and back to his old form if they're going to make the playoffs.

So take yourself a nap, and get read to get back to some baseball tonight.  We'll end with some more good news:  The Mets have done well against the Giants the past five years, and they've won 9 of their last 13 games in San Francisco.

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