The Giants weren't part of the madness Thursday when multiple big-name pitchers were dealt before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. No, they made their move a few days earlier.
And the arm they got, Jake Peavy, will make his second start in a Giants uniform Saturday night against the Mets.
Peavy was hurt by a three-run fifth inning in his first start for San Francisco against the Dodgers, and the right-hander surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out five, and though he kept his new team in the game, he was charged with the loss -- his 10th of the season after some struggles in Boston.
Peavy, 33, is pitching for his third team in the last two seasons, and he's going through the usual acclimation process in the clubhouse and on the mound. That includes getting comfortable with a new face behind the plate.
"It's going to take some time for me and [catcher Buster Posey] to get to know each other," Peavy said after his Sunday outing. "He's tremendous behind the plate. We all know how good he is. The more we're out there together, I'm sure we'll get a better feel."
The Mets will counter with righty Jacob deGrom, who posted the best month of a standout rookie campaign in July. Including his last start, when he threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers, deGrom was 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in five July starts.
The right-hander will begin his August on Saturday and look to bolster his National League Rookie of the Year Award candidacy, which last month aided tremendously. His 2.79 ERA is the best of any NL rookie who has made more than five starts.
Giants: Cain's season likely over
The Giants delivered bad news about injured starter Matt Cain on Friday. The team said Cain is likely to undergo surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his throwing elbow, citing a unanimous decision by a group of medical experts.
The minimum recovery time for a procedure of that nature is about three months, so Cain's 2014 season would be over if he chooses to get the operation soon. However, the three-time All-Star said Friday he has not yet made a decision on when he'll have the surgery.
"If you're putting odds on it, odds are going to be that he will not pitch," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Cain, 29, last pitched on July 9 and is 2-7 this season with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
Mets: Collins looking for chances for Campbell
Eric Campbell has done nothing but prove he belongs since the Mets called him up in May, hitting .328/.370/.422 while playing all over the field, but it hasn't exactly translated into playing time. He started only seven games in July and was out of the starting lineup Friday in the series opener against the Giants.
"We have to get him some at-bats, there's no question about it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When and how? I don't have a chart in the office telling me when I'm going to do it."
Collins mentioned Sunday afternoon's contest against left-hander Madison Bumgarner as one opportunity to give Campbell a start. Campbell has hit for a bit more power against southpaws (.442 slugging percentage) than righties (.406).
One benefit of not starting Campbell has been his effectiveness as a pinch-hitter, a role not all players are able to adapt to. Campbell is 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles and three walks as a pinch-hitter this season.
• The Mets are 5-0-1 in their last six series at Citi Field, with series wins against the Phillies, Marlins, Braves, Rangers and Padres. They opened their four-game set against the Giants with a 5-1 loss on Friday.
• The Giants improved to 4-0 against the Mets this season. San Francisco is undefeated against three teams this season -- the Mets, Indians and Twins -- going a combined 10-0.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.