5* MLB Game of the Week
San Francisco vs. NY Mets,
04/20/2012 19:10 EDT,
Score: 4 - 3
Money Line: -135 NY Mets
5* MLB Game of the Week on Mets -135
This is a very difficult spot for the Giants who are making their first cross-country trip of the season. They are just 15-31 in their last 46 road meetings against the Mets.
Zito has been good in his first two starts, but recent history suggests he can't be trusted. The Giants are only 2-9 in his last 11 starts as a road underdog.
In addition, the Giants are 0-5 in their last 5 road games versus a club that has a winning record, 0-5 in their last 5 overall versus a team that checks in with a winning mark and 0-5 in their last 5 road games when matched up against a club with a home winning percentage greater than .600.
The Giants are also 0-4 in their last 4 games following an off day and 0-7 in their last 7 road games when the total is set at 7.0-8.5.
Niese has sparkled out of the gate and was terrific in a shutout win at Philly his last time out. The Mets are 5-1 in his last 6 starts when he gets the ball on 5 days' rest and 4-0 in his last 4 starts when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
The Mets are also 4-0 in their last 4 series openers and 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games. We'll bet the Mets behind this strong 39-0 angle.