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Preview: Mets at Giants

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New York Mets ace Matt Harvey will try to enhance his chances of starting next week’s All-Star Game when he takes the mound in Monday’s series opener against the host San Francisco Giants. Harvey will be auditioning for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will select the National League's starting pitcher. The Mets have gone 13-9 in their last 22 games, while San Francisco has lost 11 of its last 13 to fall 6 1/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West.

The Giants lost two of three against the Dodgers over the weekend and their struggling offense remains a concern. Right fielder Hunter Pence is mired in a 2-for-37 slump and third baseman Pablo Sandoval has three hits in his last 42 at-bats. The Mets’ offense has picked up since last month’s arrival of center fielder Eric Young Jr., who is hitting .300 with 10 RBIs in 18 games since being claimed off waivers.

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (San Francisco)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) vs. Giants RH Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66)

Harvey is making his first start since being named to his first All-Star Game on Saturday. He is coming off a shaky outing against the Diamondbacks Wednesday, when he allowed a season-high five runs while matching a season-high with nine hits allowed over six innings. The 23-year-old right-hander faced the Giants last July 31 and yielded three runs over six frames.

Lincecum is 1-7 in his last nine starts, but has pitched well in recent weeks after posting a dismal 6.37 ERA in six May starts. He had eight strikeouts against Cincinnati on Tuesday, when he was charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings. David Wright is 2-for-20 against Lincecum, who is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in nine career starts against the Mets.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Mets activated 2B Ruben Tejada from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

2. The Giants have scored two runs or fewer in 12 of their last 16 games.

3. Mets 1B Josh Satin is hitting .409 during his career-high 11-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Mets 5, Giants 2

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