Close talker: Seinfeld to broadcast Mets-Giants opener

What do you do to spice up a late season series between two teams who are well below .500 and have no shot at the postseason? Well you bring legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld in to broadcast your game, of course.

Seinfeld is expected to be in the booth on Tuesday when his favorite team, the New York Mets, start a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

This isn't the first time the Mets have called upon Seinfeld, as he also called a game between the Mets and Detroit on June 23, 2010.

New York comes into this set having taken three of four over the weekend from the woeful Miami Marlins, including a 1-0 win in 12 innings on Sunday. Travis d'Arnaud ended an afternoon of offensive futility with an RBI single, just the seventh hit of the game for the Mets.

"It was an indescribable feeling," d'Arnaud said of his game-winner.

Hoping to keep the Mets in the win column on Tuesday will be highly regarded right-hander Zack Wheeler, who has lost three of his last four starts. Wheeler lost to Washington on Wednesday, but looked good, as he allowed just a run in seven innings to fall to 7-5, despite lowering his ERA to 3.22.

Wheeler, who beat San Francisco earlier in the year, has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts and has pitched to a 2.85 ERA since the start of July.

"I'm really impressed with the way Zack Wheeler goes about things," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I really am. He's going to be really good."

San Francisco, meanwhile, will counter with righty Yusmeiro Petit, who is 3-0 with a 2.53 ERA. Petit followed up his near perfect game with a no-decision against Colorado on Wednesday that saw him surrender three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 loss.

The Giants come into this series on the heels of an impressive series win over the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and have won six of eight overall.

San Francisco's recent run has helped its chances to avoid becoming only the second team in the World Series era (since 1903) to finish in last place as the defending champion. The 1998 Marlins are the only team to do so.

The Giants find themselves just a half game in front of the Colorado Rockies for the last spot in the National League West.

New York swept a three-game series from the Giants in early July.