Giants Vs. Mets, Series Preview: G-Men Look To Bounce Back Against Struggling Mets

July 27, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt crosses home plate to score a run during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Beck Diefenbach-US PRESSWIRE

Can the Giants right the ship against New York?

Even though the San Francisco Giants are licking the wounds from their sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park, they prepare to host the New York Mets who are barely treading water.

San Francisco is still tied for first place in the NL West after their L.A. beat down, though with just three wins since the All-Star break, New York continues to tumble down the NL east standings. Hopefully the Giants ca use their despair to right the ship in China Basin.

Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.40) takes on Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.10) in the series opener. Hefner took the loos in his return from the bullpen in his last start, six innings of three run ball against Washington, while Bumgarner took a no decision in his last start against the Padres. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) and Tim Lincecum (4-11, 5.88) square off on Tuesday. Harvey is making just his second start of the year, while Timmy struggled again in his last start, taking his 11th loss of the year after 4.2 innings of five run ball. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Jonathan Niese (7-5, 3.86) faces Matt Cain (10-3, 2.80) on Wednesday. Niese got rocked for eight earned runs in six innings of work his last time out, while Cain took a no decision after seven innings of three run ball. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Chris Young (2-5, 4.58) and Barry Zito (8-7, 3.89) round the series Thursday. Young, the former Padre, took another loss in his last start, lasting just four innings against the D-backs, while Zito struggled his last time out as well, lasting 5.1 innings of four run ball. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

For more on the Giants head to McCovey Chronicles.

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