It has been a rough few months for Giants left-hander Barry Zito. Lasting seven innings only once since May 8, he's also picked up just one win in that time.
Luckily for Zito (4-6, 4.44 ERA), he'll face the Mets on Tuesday at AT&T Park, where he is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 10 starts this season. That's a great sign for the Giants, who have lost six of their last seven games and are a season-high eight games under .500.
In his last start Wednesday against the Reds, Zito's pitch count got up early and he allowed one run on seven hits in just four innings of work for the no-decision.
"I put them in a tough spot tonight," Zito said after tossing 88 pitches in the game.
Meanwhile, Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) will be on the hill for the Mets, trying to keep his current hot streak going.
Lasting seven innings in his previous start against the D-backs, Gee allowed two runs on six hits for the no-decision. He also struck out seven.
Tossing five quality starts in the last month, Gee has dropped his ERA by over a point and picked up three wins. In three career games (one start) against the Giants, all coming at Citi Field, Gee is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.
Mets: Niese to resume throwing
Mets starter Jon Niese was told he could begin a throwing program by team doctors after a favorable follow-up exam Monday in New York.
Niese has been sidelined with a partial left rotator cuff tear since he left a June 20 start with discomfort. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday's MRI led to the decision to allow Niese to begin throwing.
"Basically the new MRI showed the inflammation was gone, the fluid was out of the shoulder," Ricco said. "The way the doctor termed it, he has 'normal wear and tear' on the shoulder, but it looks pretty good."
• Shaun Marcum was examined by Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Monday after the Mets starter felt tingling and numbness in his right hand the past two starts. Ricco said the club expects to have more information and a full diagnosis Tuesday. Until then, the team will not make a decision on any potential roster moves.
Giants: Arias to DL
After undergoing an appendectomy late Sunday night, infielder Joaquin Arias is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks.
In 60 games with the Giants, Arias is batting .282. He's also been a versatile player for manager Bruce Bochy, starting at third base, shortstop and first base.
"Tough news for him," Bochy said. "He was swinging the bat well."
The Giants recalled infielder Nick Noonan from Triple-A Fresno to replace Arias on the active roster. It's his third stint with San Francisco this year.
• In his career against the Mets, Zito is 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in eight starts.
• The Giants have scored two runs or fewer in 12 of their last 17 games.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.