This season, very few Giants players have performed to the level they did during their 2012 World Series title run, and Matt Cain may be the poster child for those struggles.
On Wednesday night at Citi Field, Cain faces the Mets, looking for just his ninth win of the season after finishing the 2012 campaign sixth in National League Cy Young Award voting. The right-hander is in jeopardy of not reaching double-digit wins for the first time since 2008.
One player Cain won't have to contend with on Wednesday will be Mets third baseman David Wright. There was a chance Wright would return for this series against the Giants, but manager Terry Collins confirmed Tuesday that Wright won't be ready.
Collins said Wright could play this weekend, but the exact date depends on how he feels Wednesday. If there's any lingering soreness from workouts, Wright's return could get pushed back.
But Collins is still confident Wright will play again this season, which has been the plan all along.
"I think David is going to play, you're going to see him back on the field before the season's over," Collins said. "I think it's going to be important for Dave to know he's 100 percent healthy, and I think it's important for our team, for our organization and our fanbase to know, 'Hey look, our star is going to be OK when it comes spring.'"
On the mound for the Mets will be right-hander Aaron Harang, making his second start for the club. He pitched well over six innings in his last outing, giving up three runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts. But he couldn't avoid the long ball, surrendering three of them in an eventual Mets loss to Washington.
Cain, meanwhile, is coming off a near-flawless seven innings of work against Los Angeles, in which he was done in by a throwing error on a potential double-play ball back to the mound. The Dodgers would go on to score a run, which proved to be the difference in the game.
"It was bad timing, and sometimes that's part of it," said Cain, who allowed one other run and struck out five that night. "We make that play all the time in Spring Training. It's a simple play, but sometimes the timing's off. You're going full speed and it's just a little bit different."
Giants: Scutaro could be out for season
Second baseman Marco Scutaro may be shut down for the season with an injured right pinky finger that the club does not want to risk aggravating.
On Tuesday, Scutaro underwent an MRI on the finger, though results are not yet known.
On the season, he is hitting .297 with 31 RBIs.
Mets: Harvey opts for rehab
Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was shut down last month with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, has chosen to undergo a rehab throwinf program instead of Tommy John surgery.
"There's always a risk to having surgery, and there's obviously going to be a risk not to have surgery," Harvey said. "I'd rather bet on myself doing the work to stay out of getting surgery than having to go through it."
Harvey's throwing program will last six to eight weeks if all goes well and extend into the offseason. If he has a setback, Harvey will undergo surgery.
• Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has three hits -- including a home run -- and a walk in nine plate appearances against Cain.
• Hunter Pence has driven in a run in seven straight games, during which he has knocked in 20 total runs.
• Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is hitting .355 since Aug. 28.