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The San Francisco Giants roll into town to begin a three game series on Friday, June 2nd. Here's a look at the club the Mets will be facing.

Record

NL WEST          W   L   PCT   GB   HOME   ROAD    RS   RA
Arizona         30  22  .577    -  17- 9  13-13   276  222
LA Dodgers      30  23  .566   .5  16-10  14-13   291  230
San Diego       28  25  .528  2.5  15-16  13- 9   242  230
San Francisco   27  26  .509  3.5  14-13  13-13   258  250
Colorado        27  26  .509  3.5  13-10  14-16   222  238
Every team in the west is currently better than .500, though the Giants are just one game over, trailing the first place Diamondbacks by three-and-a-half games. Based on their adjusted record it looks like the Giants' record reflects their true performance to this point in the season:
 W    L     RS     RA     W1     L1     W2     L2     W3     L3
27   26    258    250    27.3   25.7   26.8   26.2   27.1   25.9
W1 and L1 are the expected wins and losses based on runs scored and runs allowed.
W2 and L2 are the expected wins and losses based on BP's equivalence runs scored and allowed.
W3 and L3 are similar to W2 and L2 but adjusted for strength of schedule.

Regardless of how you cut it, the Giants are a 27-26 ballclub. Based on the way they have performed on the field and adjusted for the quality of the teams the Giants have played thus far, the Giants have been just a shade above average through their first 53 games.

Starting Pitching

                W   L    ERA    IP     H/9    SO/9    BB/9    HR/9    VORP
Jason Schmidt   5   2   2.70   80.0   6.41    6.86    2.81    0.68    28.6
Matt Morris*    3   6   5.40   65.0   9.28    4.29    3.32    0.97    (0.2)
Noah Lowry      1   3   4.05   33.1   9.45    4.32    3.24    1.08     4.9
Matt Cain*      3   5   5.07   55.0   7.69    6.55    3.76    1.47     3.6
Jamey Wright*   5   4   4.43   67.0   8.87    4.43    3.22    0.81     8.3

*  asterisks denote probable starters vs Mets
() parentheses denote negative numbers
The Mets are lucky to be missing Jason Schmidt in this series, as he has been the Giants' only really solid starter this season. Free agent import Matt Morris has been dreadful, barely striking out more batters than he has walked and, cumulatively, he has been pitching below replacement level.

WPA Top Two
Jason Schmidt, 194.2% WPA
Jamey Wright, 41.4% WPA

WPA Bottom Two
Matt Morris, -107.5% WPA
Matt Cain, -41.5% WPA

Starting Lineup

               Pos   PA    AVG    OBP    SLG    SB  CS   VORP   NL Rank
Mike Matheny    C   177   .231   .276   .338     0   0   (5.4)   11/13
Lance Niekro   1B   120   .250   .300   .393     0   0   (1.9)   18/18
Ray Durham     2B   141   .240   .314   .392     1   0    2.0    14/18
Omar Vizquel   SS   219   .318   .419   .455     7   3   19.9     2/17
Pedro Feliz    3B   222   .263   .294   .455     0   0    0.7    15/17
Barry Bonds    LF   170   .254   .482   .483     0   0   13.8     5/17
Steve Finley   CF   178   .255   .343   .425     3   0    6.8     6/19
Randy Winn     RF   231   .265   .341   .417     2   5    0.7    10/15

rankings are based on VORP for players with at least 100 PA
Aside from Omar Vizquel, who is having a terrific year at short, the Giants' infield has been utterly inept at the plate. Matheny, Niekro, Durham and Feliz have all been among the worst at their respective positions, and combined the four have provided below replacement-level offense. Barry Bonds has struggled with injuries, intense media scrutiny and venomous fan backlash, and has still managed to put together a very good season by most standards. Randy Winn has been almost useless in right field, hitting for very little power and his speed, which used to be an asset, has seen him thrown out five times in seven attempts to steal a base.

The Giants are really missing Moises Alou, who has been on the disabled list since May 6th with a sprained right ankle. When he returns, he is expected to send Steve Finley back to the pine, though if Felipe Alou took one look at the numbers he would know to bench Winn instead.

WPA Top Two
Barry Bonds, 161.4% WPA
Moises Alou, 131.6% WPA

WPA Bottom Two
Ray Durham, -59.8% WPA
Mike Matheny, -38.2% WPA