Series Preview: Mets vs. Rockies

Amazin' Clubhouse previews a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies on Mike Piazza weekend.

Losing two of three to the Cardinals was not what the Mets (53-47) had in mind to kick off their home stand. To make up for a couple of games lost in the postseason race, they will look to take a few from the visiting Colorado Rockies (49-52). The last meeting between these two ball clubs resulted in a three-game series sweep for the Rockies at Coors Field. The Amazin’s will seek revenge in this four-game series at Citi Field.

Thursday 1:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA)
            deGrom was shelled in his last appearance against the Miami Marlins. Ten hits and five earned runs later ended the righty’s night early after 3 2/3 innings. Fans shouldn’t be discouraged as deGrom won three straight prior to this start. He faced the Rockies back in May where he earned a no-decision after 6 1/3 innings of work.

            Anderson has been all over the Rockies’ organization this year, finally making it to the big leagues last month. After three losses in his first five starts, the 26-year-old has switched gears winning his last three starts.

Pitching Edge: deGrom is back on his home mound and looking for some redemption. Give him the edge in this one.

Friday 7:10 PM: Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36 ERA) v Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65 ERA)

            Matz was able to turn things around against Miami in his last start to get back to winning. He threw six scoreless innings while striking out six. This outing is what fans are used to seeing from the rookie, and hopefully he can keep delivering even with his injured elbow.

            Some would say Chatwood got lucky against the Braves in his last outing. The righty allowed eight free passes to the Braves hitters, but left after five innings unscathed. Only one baserunner made it on with a base knock. Chatwood faced the Mets back on May 15 where he earned the victory in seven innings.

Pitching Edge: Both pitchers are streaky, but with Chatwood already beating the Mets this season, he gets the edge.

Saturday 7:10 PM: Bartolo Colon (9-5, 3.35 ERA) v Jorge de la Rosa (6-7, 5.70 ERA)

            The millennials take a back seat to two MLB veterans in this matchup. Starting with Colon, “Big Sexy” earned a win in his last outing defeating the Cardinals in a brilliant seven inning performance. The 43-yaer-old is 3-1 in his last five starts.

            De La Rosa hasn’t had the same luck as Colon this season as he continues to struggle for the Rockies. For example, he allowed nine runs, seven earned on 11 hits in a start against the Rays just a week ago. He has been streaky all season long which means there is no way to predict which De La Rosa fans will see Saturday night.

Pitching Edge: Colon is more consistent which is why he gets the edge in this matchup.

Sunday 1:10 PM: Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.45 ERA) v Chad Bettis (9-6, 5.19 ERA)

            St. Louis got the best of “Thor” in his last start as he earned his fifth loss on the year. He did strike out eight, but seven hits and three walks resulted in three runs, two earned and was enough to end his night in the sixth. Syndergaard has been hot and cold recently and hasn’t been able to find his groove on the bump.

            Bettis may be starting to catch fire, though, as he has won his last two starts. Against the Orioles last time out, he went six strong allowing two earned on four hits while striking out three. The ERA for Bettis is concerning, however, has he had a few horrible outings that doesn’t pad the stats.

Pitching Edge: Syndergaard is not likely to lose two straight. Give him the edge as he looks to rebound.

More About This Series:

            While it seems GM Sandy Alderson is focusing on a bullpen arm at the Trade Deadline scheduled for August 1 next week, many believe he should focus on a bat instead. The Mets simply cannot get runners around the bases especially when they are in scoring position. They currently round out the bottom of the 30-team pack with a .207 average in that category. The next team above them is the Tampa Bay Rays whose .243 average is a substantial amount higher. Reports have shown the Mets’ interest in the Brewers’ Jonathon Lucroy and the A’s Danny Valencia, but they don’t seem to be making a real push. Though it may be on the back burner for the executives to switch up the lineup, the Mets are in crisis mode when it comes to get runs up on the board.  

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