Mets @ Rockies Series Preview

The series after a weekend of Mets nostalgia to commemorate their franchise's 40th anniversary, the Mets continued to play like the 1962 team. Known for their woeful play, they got swept for the third consecutive series as they head to Colorado and continue their road trip.

New York Mets (58-68) vs. Colorado (60-67)


Pitching Probables

Fri. 23 @ 9:05 -- Col - J. Jennings (14-5, 4.13) NYM - P. Astacio (11-6, 3.54)
Sat. 24 @ 8:05 -- Col - M. Hampton (7-13, 6.25) NYM - S. Trachsel (7-9, 3.73)
Sun. 25 @ 3:05 -- Col - D. Neagle (7-7, 4.98) NYM - A. Leiter (10-10, 3.39)

The New York Metropolitans have lost eleven in a row, eleven at home, and are in last place. Its a dreadful image and with any luck, a change of surroundings can be of assistance to this inadequate ball club.

Colorado has played decently of late, having split or won their last three series against Montreal, Atlanta, and Florida. They are 6-4 in their last ten and welcome the Mets, to hopefully continue their winning ways.

In the series opener on Friday night, Colorado sends out Jason Jennings who has pitched well this year. He is coming off a win against Atlanta in which he managed to go six innings while allowing two earned runs.

Opposing Jennings is the workhorse Pedro Astacio who has struggled of late. Pedro in his last start surrendered eight earned runs in three innings against the Dodgers in route to a loss.

On Saturday night, the Rockies send former Met Mike Hampton to the mound who is coming off a no decision in Atlanta. Steve Trachsel goes for the Mets and has pitched very inconsistently over the past few weeks.

In the finale, Colorado will throw out left-hander Denny Neagle. In his last start, he lasted five innings in route to a win. Al Leiter goes for the Mets and is coming off a loss in which he allowed one earned run over seven solid innings.

Injuries


Rockies
Pete Harnisch - Season as of 3/31
Bobby Estalella - 15 Day DL as of 7/7
Scott Elarton - 60 Day DL as of 3/12
Jose Ortiz - 15 Day DL as of 6/16

Mets
Grant Roberts - 15 Day DL as of 7/13
John Franco - Season - as of 3/20
Edgardo Alfonzo - 15 Day DL - as of 8/9
Kane Davis - Season - as of 5/14

Last Transaction Between Colorado-Mets


On July 31, 2002.... The New York Mets traded Jay Payton, Mark Corey, and Robert Stratton to the Colorado Rockies for John Thomson and Mark Little.

Mets On This Date Last Year


August 23 - Lose to Rockies 10-0, 58-69, 12.5GB Of Atlanta
August 24 - Win vs. Giants 4-3, 59-69, 11.5GB Of Atlanta
August 25 - Win vs. Giants 3-2, 60-69, 10.5GB Atlanta

Homecomings In Colorado


Steve Reed (1993-1998)
Pedro Astacio (1997-2001)
John Thomson (1997-2002)
Kane Davis (2001)

Previous Meetings In 2002 (May)


Fri. 10 @ New York: Mets lose 9-5
Sat. 11 @ New York: Mets win 4-3
Sun. 12 @ New York: Mets lose 4-3

Writer Christopher Guy covers the Mets and is the football guru for NYFansOnly. E-mail him at NYMetsBelieve@aol.com.



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