That wasn't the way the Giants were hoping to start off this series, to say the least. Ryan Vogelsong had a decent outing, and then everything went to hell. Brian Wilson gave up a homerun and after that, the Giants were done. Wilson was handed the loss, and the Giants are down 0-1 in the series. We knew that the Mets wouldn't be an easy victory with their strong play of late, but it was particularly disheartening, regardless.
Over the next two games, the Giants can do something extremely important, however: get Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain back in the win column. Cain suffered a loss in his last outing, while Lincecum is 1-3 in his last seven games, struggling to keep consistent levels of pitching throughout them. Sure, the run support hasn't been there, but Lincecum has been the guy that doesn't always need it. Now he does.
In game one, Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer, while Carlos Beltran and Nick Evans had one-run singles in the final frame. It was Scott Hairston who hit the home run off of Wilson in the ninth. These are all guys that will threaten Lincecum and force the Giants into getting their ace some run support, providing New York stays "on" in regard to their bats. Lincecum's last outing was a three-run affair over five innings in a loss to the San Diego Padres.
Chris Capuano is taking the mound for the Mets, and his recent three-game winning streak is only slightly more impressive than the fact that he's won five of his last six. He's doing great lately, and the Giants will be going against as confident a pitcher as ever. Or perhaps they won't be, considering Capuano's 1-4 record and 5.31 earned run average against the Giants, including an 0-3 mark at AT&T Park. If you believe in the validity of that kind of stuff, then you probably think the Giants are in a pretty good position.
We'll see if Capuano believes in that kind of stuff.