The San Francisco Giants (6-6) and New York Mets (7-5) will open up a four-game National League series inside Citi Field on Friday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets 

San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito has been on top of his game to start the 2012 MLB season

San Francisco just completed a 4-2 homestand that came to its conclusion with a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.  The Giants managed to score just 17 runs over the six games, with the “under” going 5-1 over that span.  The club definitely received a break in traveling to the East Coast after an off day, which could continue its success in this series.  San Francisco won four of six meetings a year ago.

Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (1-0, 1.12 ERA) has led the team to victories in both of his starts, as he comes off a no-decision effort against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up three runs (two earned) and six hits over seven innings in a 4-3 home win.  The left-hander will be making his seventh career start versus the Mets, going 3-2 with a 3.31 ERA, including an 0-1 mark and 5.40 ERA inside this ball park.  It’s still important to note that Zito is 18-26 with a 4.61 ERA in 57 career April starts.

New York closed a six-game road trip with an even 3-3 record, as it looks to rebound from a 14-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday afternoon.  The Mets will hope that third baseman David Wright continues to lead the offensive attack, as he has collected a hit in every game he’s played this season and comes in with a .500 batting average.  He is hitting .286 with an RBI versus Zito in his career.  New York is 2-0 after an off day this year, and 25-17 in that situation since the start of the 2010 campaign.

Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (2-0, 2.13 ERA) is coming off one of his best starts of his young career, picking up a 5-0 road victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, tossing 6.2 shutout innings and scattering five hits.  The left-hander will be making his first start at Citi Field in 2012, coming in with a losing 11-14 home record and 4.13 ERA in 36 outings.  In two career appearances (one start) versus the Giants, Niese is 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA, which includes a 1-0 road loss on July 16, 2010, as he allowed one run and six hits over seven frames.

Bettors will likely back the Mets due to their 5-2 record in their last seven home games, while the Giants are 7-17 in the first game of a series.

Recommendation:  Under 7.5

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