Francoeur faces Giant hurdle

For anyone looking for ex-Met Jeff Francoeur to have a significant impact on this World Series, the matchups say not to count on it.

Francoeur, likely to start in right field in Game 3 and Game 4 against Giants lefties Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner might be best served by not facing anyone else.

Here's why:

Francoeur went 1-for-21 against the Giants this season (all for the Mets). That is the worst single-season batting average any Met has EVER had against the Giants (minimum 20 at-bats). Francoeur broke the Mets futility record previously set by Choo Choo Coleman, who hit .074 against the Giants in 1963.

There are no matchups favorable to Francoeur with any of the Giants pitchers. He's 0-for-14 against Matt Cain, 0-for-8 against Brian Wilson and 3-for-16 against Tim Lincecum. He's even bad against left-handers Sanchez (2-for-14) and Jeremy Affeldt (0-for-5).

Moreover, AT&T Park is not a friendly venue for Francoeur. In 2006 he was 1-for-17 there. In 2009, 1-for-12. This year, he's 0-for-8. His .176 batting average at AT&;T Park ranks fourth-worst among active position players with at least 50 plate appearances there. The worst name on the list -- also familiar to Mets fans-- Rod Barajas, whose career batting average there is just .127.