That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Major League Baseball locks out tonight; MLB clubs dealing before window closes

Former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, left, puts the tag on Atlanta Braves’ Eddie Rosario on an attempted steal during game 5 of the NLCS Oct 21, 2021. Seager joins the Texas Rangers after signing with them on Mon Nov 29, 2021 (AP file photo)

On That’s Amaury:

#1 Amaury the window is closing as the lockout deadline is approaching and tonight this will be the last day of doing business as tonight at midnight Major League Baseball will enter it’s first work stoppage since the unforgettable 1994 baseball strike.

#2 MLB teams are on the move and trying to clean house before the work stoppage kicks in tonight the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers are no exception last night dealing shortstop Corey Seagar to the Texas Rangers a ten year deal worth $325 million and on Sunday the Rangers signed second baseman Marcus Semien for seven years at $175 million, Semien played for the Toronto Blue Jays last season.

#3 Former Dodger pitcher Max Scherzer will be throwing for the New York Mets he signs a three year deal for $130 million. Scherzer was 15-4 ERA 2.46. Talk about how much of an addition he will be for the Mets.

#4 Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray will be joining the Seattle Mariners Ray and the M’s agreed on a five year $115 million deal and with Ray’s experience and accomplishments both will be expecting big things. Ray was 13-7 ERA 2.84 last season for the Blue Jays.

#5 Former Los Angeles Angel Alex Cobb will join the San Francisco Giants details of an agreement has not been disclosed on Monday night. Cobb was 8-3 with an ERA 3.76, he’s 34 years old how much do you see him helping the Giants in 2022?

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary for exclusive coverage of the Major League Baseball lockout 2021 at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Snydergaard to wear a Halos hat for 1 yr at $21 million; Kyrie won’t take the shot Nets could make him trade bait; plus more

Former New York Met Noah Snydergaard will be winding up for the Los Angeles Angels during the 2021 season he’s signed onto a one year deal which was completed on Mon Nov 15, 2021 with the Angels (AP News file photo)

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Former New York Met pitcher Noah Syndergaard has signed onto a one year $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Snydergaard pitched for seven years for the New York Mets Snydergaard joins an Angels team that is struggling with starting pitching and hopes to shore that up joining forces with the face of baseball and new teammate Shohei Ohtani.

#2 Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving on Sunday sent out two tweets one showing a picture of the matrix and the other saying “God never fails.” The City of New York has a full vaccine protocol for employees, players, and fans and Irving can’t come into Barclay Center until he’s fully vaccinated.

#3 From all indications from his responses and convictions he will not take the vaccine. Kyrie is allowed to travel with the Nets but the Nets have elected to have him sit out for road trips until he is fully vaccinated which does not look likely.

#4 Former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan had some heavy criticism for Jets head coach Robert Saleh saying he has philosophical differences in his coaching abilities and Ryan added that he’s insulted when he’s compared to Saleh regarding defensive strategies. Saleh said if Ryan feels that personal about it he knows where to find me.

#5 Jessica the New York Yankees and Mets are looking to make some moves to acquire free agents Starling Marte and the Yankees have express interest in Matt Chapman both who were teammates on the Oakland A’s last season. Marte last season played with the Miami Marlins before being dealt to Oakland mid season and hit .310, 145 hits, 12 HRs, and 55 RBIs, Chapman hit .210, 111 hits, 27 home runs, 72 RBIs.

Join Jessica every other Wednesday for Headline Sports podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Baez might have trouble finding a new team after season; Cam Newton cut from Patriots

The New York Mets Javier Baez scores ahead of the tag by the Miami Marlins catcher Alex Jackson for the winning run in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field in Flushing on Tue Aug 31, 2021 (AP News

On Headline Sports with Jessica:

#1 Javy Baez and Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets went from thumbs down to thumbs up after Baez and Lindor both apologized for giving Mets fans the thumbs down for booing them and the team in past games. Baez who got hit by a pitch which resulted in cheering from the Mets fans as Baez scored from first to home for the game winning run over the Washington Nationals 6-5. Jessica would it appear that Baez has redeemed himself?

#2 Mets team president Sandy Alderson said that the thumbs down gestures had to stop as Alderson had spoke to both Lindor and Baez before Monday night’s game to stop. They both apologized and Baez needed to do something to make up for his mistake and scoring the winning run is a good start.

#3 Jessica, will this hurt Baez’ chances to sign on for a new team and other teams who saw this will just move past Baez as Baez becomes a free agent in 2022.

#4 Jessica, turning to the NFL the New England Patriots released Cam Newton who in pre season threw for 14-21 for 162 yards, the Patriots will go for Mac Jones as their starter who was 36-52 for 162 yards. Newton was a Super Bowl quarterback when he was with the Carolina Panthers but lost in the Super Bowl, Newton said on Instagram regarding his release from the Patriots “don’t feel sorry for me I’m good.”

#5 Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyers said that he has weighed some of his cuts on the roster after the last pre season game based on unvaccinated and vaccinated players saying “Everyone was considered,” Meyer said. “That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let’s start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision maker? It was certainly in consideration.”

Join Jessica for Headline Sports every other Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Ruf’s 8th inning RBI single helps Giants sweep Mets 3-2

San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski scores on Darin Ruf’s base hit to right field in the top of the eighth inning as the Giants hold on to beat the New York Mets 3-2 at Citi Field in Flushing on Thu Aug 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK — The San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 3-2 for the second night in a row on Thursday at Citi Field to complete their three-game sweep.

Kris Bryant hit a home run on a fly ball to left center field in the first inning and LaMonte Wade scored, putting the Giants up 2-0.

In the sixth inning, left-handed pitcher Alex Wood gave up a two-run homer to Pete Alonso in his last throw of the night, allowing the Mets to tie the game at 2-2.

The Giants starter allowed six hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and walked two and struck out five.

San Francisco regained dominance in the eighth inning. Mike Yastrzemski led off with a single and got to second base when Curt Casali was hit on the right arm by a sinker from Mets reliever Seth Lugo. Darin Ruf singled on a ground ball to right fielder Kevin Pillar and Yastrzemski scored, giving the Giants a 3-2 lead.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said that second baseman Donovan Solano tested positive for Covid-19 and will stay in New York while the rest of the team flies to Atlanta. Solano will likely be out for seven to 10 days.

“Donovan came in today, had some cold-like symptoms,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said postgame. “We tested him for Covid and he tested positive for Covid and that’s why we placed him on the IL.”

The Giants improved to 83-44 and maintain a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers at the top of the NL West, as well as the best overall winning percentage in the league (.654). The Mets hopes of making the playoffs, meanwhile, are crumbling.

San Francisco starts a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on Friday. First pitch is at 4:20 p.m.

Giants two run seventh pays off edge Mets 3-2

San Francisco Giants Alex Dickerson slides in past the New York Mets catcher Patrick Mazeika to score one of the two runs for the Giants in the top of the seventh inning at Citi Field in Flushing on Wed Aug 25, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK — The San Francisco Giants overcame a late lead by the New York Mets and held them off with the bases loaded in a high-stress ninth inning to win 3-2 on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

After Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker retired his first 11 batters, Kris Bryant hit a home run to center field in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, Home Run Derby champion Pete Alonso reached on a throwing error by third baseman Bryant and Jonathan Villar scored, tying the game at 1-1.

Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, who came off the injured list, threw back-to-back strikes to Brandon Nimmo but issued a seven-pitch walk that brought Alonso up to bat. Cueto exited after 4 2/3 innings and gave up five hits, three walks and two strikeouts.

“I know Alonso is a great hitter, what I wanted to do was either get a flyball or a grounder, which is what I got, but an error was committed and sometimes that happens,” Cueto said.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning when Dominic Smith doubled on a sharp line drive to right field and allowed Michael Conforto to score.

But the Giants made a comeback in the seventh inning. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run double on a sharp line drive to Conforto in right field, and Bryant and Alex Dickerson scored.

San Francisco’s 3-2 lead was threatened in the ninth inning when the Mets had the bases loaded. But left-handed pitcher Jake McGee induced a popup from Alonso that sealed the victory for the Giants.

“We’re not going to dwell on the fact we didn’t play our cleanest game,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “We’re going to appreciate the fact we won the baseball game on the road against a team that’s especially hungry and we’re going to turn the page and get ready to play tomorrow’s baseball game.”

The Giants improved to 82-44 and sit at the top of the NL West, three games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco has the best overall winning percentage in the MLB at .651. Meanwhile, the Mets are battling for a spot in the playoffs.

First pitch for the third and last game of the series on Thursday is at 4:10 p.m. Giants left-handed pitcher Alex Wood (10-4, 4.11) will face Mets right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.82).

Giants Long shuts out Mets 8-0 gets the support of four home runs

The San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt who had just lost his grandmother before the game against the New York Mets on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at Citi Field in New York went out and blasted two home runs. Here is Belt running the bases after hitting one of the two home runs in the fourth inning. (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK — The San Francisco Giants fired off four home runs and finished with a blowout 8-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field to open the three-game series.

Two of the homers came from Brandon Belt, who achieved a career-high 19 home runs. Belt hit the first homer to center field in the first inning.

Mike Yastrzemski hit a homer to right field and Wilmer Flores scored, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

In the fourth inning, LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a home run to center field and Tommy La Stella scored, putting the Giants up 5-0.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Wade Jr. “has really come into some power.”

“We saw the plate discipline and decision-making, the drive and the determination in Minnesota. We watched him from afar,” Kapler said. “The only thing we’ve done with some of these players is support their initiatives and goals, and we hope to continue to do that.”

Belt’s second homer, to left field, also came in the fourth inning. Brandon Crawford’s base hit to right center field was San Francisco’s first non-home run since their loss in the 11th inning to the Mets on Wednesday at Oracle Park. Buster Posey scored on Crawford’s hit, giving the Giants a 7-0 lead.

Catcher Buster Posey left the game with right knee discomfort and was replaced by Curt Casali in the fifth inning.

In the eighth inning, Belt reached on an infield single to shortstop and Darin Ruf scored to lift San Francisco 8-0 over New York.

Rookie left-handed starter Sammy Long pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. He earned his second career win in the league.

Before the game, right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman was placed on the injured list and third baseman Evan Longoria was reinstated from the injured list and put on the 10-day injured list due to a right hand contusion.

The Giants improved to 81-44 and are three games ahead of the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers at the top of the NL West. San Francisco maintains the best overall winning percentage in the league at .648.

First pitch for game 2 of the series at Citi Field is at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Giants head to Big Apple to meet the Mets after winning three game series in Oakland

San Francisco Giants starter Sammy Long will get the start Tue Aug 24, 2021 against the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing NY for the first of three games (photo from knbr.com file)

By Morris Phillips

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb said he wasn’t surprised a bit after Donovan Solano hit a hit a go ahead home run in the top of the eighth inning to help defeat the Oakland A’s on Sunday 2-1. Solano in the eighth was pinch hitting for LaMonte Wade Jr who had hit a pinch hit game winning home run against the A’s on Saturday.

Solano in Sunday’s eighth inning thought back to Wade’s Saturday afternoon at bat and got a little charged up in an opportunity situation. “I just happened to look at my stats and saw that I had only 28 RBIs and I was like, OK, it would be nice for me to get up to 30” said Solano. The home run was Solano’s sixth home run of the season.

The Giants have been doing pretty well with pinch hit home runs Solano’s was the team’s 14th of the season. On Sunday Austin Slater who has two pinch home runs in his own right this season, Slater as a pinch hitter in Sunday’s game walked with two outs and later would score after Solano’s two run homer.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler shared some of the credit to Slater for his patience at the plate going from a 1-2 count to a base on balls. “Donovan is going to get all the credit and glory for the homer, which he should, but don’t sleep on how huge that at bat from Austin Slater was” said Kapler

The pinch hit home run has become such a epidemic with San Francisco hitters that even the home run from Wade Jr on Saturday and the home run from Solano on Sunday marks the second time in San Francisco history since 1961 that the Giants have hit into go ahead pinch home runs.

Wade nor Solano had never hit a pinch hit home run until their weekend series with the A’s. The home run by Solano tied the 2001 Giants for pinch home runs and the most since the 1974 Giants. The Giants 187 home runs for the 2021 season leads all Major League teams. The nine runs by the Giants were home runs off A’s pitching to help take two out three from the A’s.

The Giants open a three game series against the New York Mets starting on Tuesday night at Citi Field in Flushing. The Giants will start Sammy Long (1-1 ERA 5.72) who will go up against the New York Mets righty Tylor Megill (1-2 ERA 3.21) a 4:10pm (PDT) first pitch.

Bullpen Runs Thin: Giants keep Mets in check through 10 innings then disaster strikes in 6-2 loss

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Okay, all knowing metropolitan New York media, what of that connection between Steve Cohen and Tyler Chatwood. What do we know?

There probably isn’t a relationship between the frustrated, billionaire Mets owner and the Giants’ newest bullpen acquisition, but from a journalistic standpoint, it’s worth a look.

On Wednesday afternoon at hazy Oracle Park the Giants–without starter Anthony DeSclafani, who departed after throwing 29 pitches with an ankle issue–held the Mets in a lifeless state for 10 innings. Through 10, the Mets managed five hits, none for extra bases, and one walk. J.D. Davis rescued the Metropolitans with a ninth inning, sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1 and keep his team from an ignominious result.

Still, Cohen had to be steaming.

One day after he issued his well-intentioned tweet criticizing his team’s offense by saying, “it’s hard to understand how professional hitters can be this unproductive. The best teams have a more disciplined approach. The slugging and OPS numbers don’t lie,” the Mets seemed to be playing in defiance or ignorance of Cohen’s statement.

Then Chatwood appeared, and the tenor and rhythm of the afternoon changed dramatically.

In his initial appearance as a Giant–after he was DFA’d by the Blue Jays–Chatwood nudged the slumbering New York bats. First Michael Conforto delivered a hard-hit double to right field gap that chased home the placed runner, Jeff McNeil, to give the Mets their first lead of the game.

But Chatwood escaped further damage, retiring the next two batters. The Giants answered in the bottom of the inning with Tommy La Stella’s RBI hit, and that brought us to the 12th and more from Chatwood.

First, Jonathan Villar smashed a shot down the left field line that was initially ruled fair for a run-scoring double, but then ruled foul by replay review. Villar struck out two pitches later. But the next batter, Patrick Mazeika battled for seven pitches, and got rewarded with a bloop single. Former Giant Kevin Pillar was next, and he sent a 95 mph sinker into the left field bleachers for a 5-2 Mets lead.

The backstory? Chatwood has always been known for his nasty repertoire of two-seam fastballs (sinkers) and cutters with the cutter arriving at the plate most frequently at seven miles an hour slower than his sinker. But in discussing his recent past with local media upon his signing with the Giants, he said that the popularity of the high fastball in today’s game left him lacking, and trying to do something he doesn’t do well. That led to lack of command, more walks, and inflated ERA that ultimately forced him out of favor with Toronto.

Enter the Giants, who have developed a reputation of resuscitating pitchers by eliminating pitches that they don’t throw well, reference Kevin Gausman and DeSclafani. So in four appearances in Sacramento, Chatwood focused on just throwing his sinkers and cutters and he had success. In 5 2/3 innings versus Triple-A competition, Chatwood didn’t allow a run. That earned him a promotion on Tuesday.

Chatwood’s sinker that had good sink didn’t fool Pillar. The veteran hitter waited on it–if you can on a 95 mph offering–and put a swing on it. The issue? Chatwood had thrown 30 pitches at that juncture, and 19 of them were sinkers at 95 to 97. If good hitters see it enough, they’ll figure it out.

But that’s the dire nature of extra inning baseball and being the last available guy. Manager Gabe Kapler had a philosophical take on the pitch that essentially decided a long, afternoon of baseball.

“Chatwood in that situation did everything we could ask him to do,” Kapler said. “Obviously I think he’d like to have that sinker back he threw to Pillar that ran middle-in or into a spot where Pillar could get it in the air like he did.”

Ironically, Kapler started his managerial career four seasons ago as a guy who was in over his head managing his bullpen. In a well-known sequence, Kapler, then managing the Phillies made a pair of rapid fire pitching changes, and didn’t realize that second arm he summoned hadn’t been up throwing and warming up. The Philly media pounced, and the scene became a national story.

Fast forward to August 2021, and Kapler has the best team in baseball, and a pitching staff that has gotten better and better as the season has progressed. Along with the 181 home runs that will shatter the San Francisco record book, the team’s 3.33 ERA is the biggest surprise. The Giants have turned close, low scoring games keyed by that pitching into a wildly winning formula by mixing in the bundle of timely, always impactful home runs. Again, Kapler was philosophical after the game.

“I think we’ve gotten pretty spoiled by this group of relievers,” Kapler said. “They’ve just been so dependable and so durable and we’ve come to expect they’re going to throw up zeroes and give us a chance to win. I don’t feel there are many clubs that can say that.”

The Giants finished their homestand with a 7-2 record and pending Wednesday night’s Pirates-Dodgers game saw their lead in the NL West shrink to 3 1/2 games. An off-day with no planes or hotels leading into a road trip that starts in Oakland couldn’t be better placed.

The Giants maintain their lofty spot as the second-best regular season team in San Francisco history after 121 games with a 78-43 record, surpassed only by the ’93 Giants who famously didn’t qualify for the playoffs despite 103 wins. This Giants team merely needs a slightly better than .500 finish in their 41 remaining games to win 100 games and likely outlast the World Champion Dodgers. A 22-19 finish would do the trick.

Not bad.

The Giants resume play Friday night in Oakland with Alex Wood facing the A’s James Kaprelian.

Webb wins his sixth in a row to beat the Mets 3-2

San Francisco Giants starter Logan Webb delivers to the New York Mets in the first inning. Webb would pitch into the eighth inning before being lifted on Tue Aug 17, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Logan Webb got all the offense he would need in the bottom of the first inning from an unlikely source.

Tommy La Stella hit just his second home run of the season, a two-run blast over the center field wall and the San Francisco Giants defeated the New York Mets 3-2 before a crowd of 23,610 at Oracle Park.

La Stellas home run came just one batter after LaMonte Wade, Jr., singled up the middle off of eventual losing pitcher Marcus Stroman.

Webb was absolutely fantastic, as he continues to improve with each start. He went the first 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out eight on his way to raising his record up to 7-3 on the season. It was the sixth win in a row for Webb, a streak that began on May 11 against the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park.

Stroman was equally as good for the Mets, as he went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out nine and saw his record fall to 8-12 on the season.

The eventual difference in the game came in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Evan Longoria hit a solo home run into the left field bleachers for his 10th home run of the season.

With his 10th home run of the season, Longoria is the ninth Giants player to reach double figures in home runs this season, matching the 1952, 1958, 1987 and 2000 teams for the most players.

Pete Alonso supplied the big hit for the Mets in the top of the eighth inning, as he got the Mets within one run, when his 26th home run of the season cut the Giants lead down to 3-2. The Alonso home run ended the night for Webb, who was replaced by Tony Watson, who was able to get out of the inning by getting Michael Conforto to grounded out to La Stella and then J.D. Davis flew out to Austin Slater to end the inning.

Buster Posey struck out four times on the evening against both Stroman and reliever Aaron Loup.

Jarlin Garcia came on in the top of the ninth inning, and despite giving up a leadoff single to Jeff McNeill, he was to get Jonathan Villar to strikeout for the first out of the inning, then Patrick Mazeika to groundout to Brandon Belt.

Dominic Leone replaced Garcia and threw three pitches, all strikes to get former Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar to strikeout to end the game. It was the first save of the season for Leone and the third of his career.

NOTES: With his 10th home run of the season, Longoria joins Brandon Crawford, Mike Yastrzemski, Brandon Belt, Wilmer Flores, Posey, Wade, Jr., Alex Dickerson and Darin Ruf.
Prior to the game, Tyler Beede was recalled from Sacramento and placed on the 60-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Tyler Chatwood was selected from Sacramento and Jay Jackson was optioned to Sacramento.

With their 78th win of the season, the Giants club of 1993 holds the best record thru 120 games at 80-40.

Since unveiling their City Connect jerseys, the Giants are now 6-0 in the uniforms since they were unveiled in the series versus the Washington Nationals on July 9.

With two home runs on the night, the Giants have hit 181 home runs and continue to lead the major leagues in home runs, as the Toronto Blue Jays trail the Giants by just two, as they have hit 179 home runs on the season.

This is the first time this season that the Mets have lost five in a row, and all are against teams from the State of California. The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Mets at Citi Field in a three-game set over the weekend, and now the Giants have taken the first two this week.

Currently, the Mets are in a streak of 13 straight games against the Dodgers and the Giants and according to Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first team since the 1980 Toronto Blue Jays to play 13 straight games against teams with a .600 winning percentage or better at least 100 games into the season. That season, the Blue Jays went 4-9 and thus far this season, the Mets are 0-5.

UP NEXT: Anthony DeSclafani closes out the home stand on Wednesday afternoon, as he looks for his 12th win of the season for the Giants, while Tylor Megill looks to even his record at 2-2, as he takes the mound for the Mets.

Bryant belts two home runs and Gausman picks up 12th win; Giants beat Mets 7-5

San Francisco Giant hitter Kris Bryant hits a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning one of two home runs in the game against the New York Mets. Mets catcher James McCann can only watch after Bryant hits the big fly on Mon Aug 16, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–Kris Bryant looks to be everything the San Francisco Giants (77-42) expected him to be when they picked him up during the trade deadline in July. Bryant hit two home runs and the Giants needed each of those homers to get a 7-5 two run win over the visiting New York Mets (59-59) on Monday night at Oracle Park.

The Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford continues to swing a hot bat with four hits. Crawford who signed a $32 million two year deal has now hit .427 in his last 28 games. Crawford also has had some key defensive play at shortstop that has supported some of the pitching in closing up some tight innings.

Brandon Belt who came in as a pinch hitter hit a home run. Belt has been on a tear since the Giants last road trip in Milwaukee last week where Belt hit multiple home runs in that series. The Giants with the best record in baseball have won 16 out of their last 21 ball games. The Giants are maintaining a good distance on the second place Los Angeles Dodgers with a four game lead in the National League West.

Bryant commented after the game the reason why he’s hitting so well it’s contagious and that the offense is not letting the opposing starters take them out of their game early the Giants on Monday night scored twice in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings and the Mets scored three times in the top of the fifth for a 4-3 lead the Giants picked up insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh and it was Bryant’s two home runs that stood up and made a difference.

The Giants also had to marvel at the fine pitching of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman who went five innings, five hits, three earned runs, two walks and the seven strike outs were key on keeping the Mets off the bases. “This was the best we’ve seen him in quite some time,” said San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler in the post game presser. “The fastball had a ton of life on it and the velocity was up. The split was much better. His mechanics were good.” The win was good enough for Gausman to improve his record to 12-5.

On Tuesday night the Mets will start right hander Marcus Stroman (8-11 ERA 2.79) and for the Giants Logan Webb (6-3 ERA 2.96) a 6:45 pm (PDT) first pitch at Oracle Park in San Francisco.