The Rockies need to play well down the stretch and will aim to pick up some wins this week against the New York Mets. The Mets were hoping to push for the playoffs but their starting rotation has been hit hard by injuries and the team is out of contention.
New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies
Dates: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Thursday, August 3, 2017
Location: Coors Field, Denver, CO
The Rockies have boosted their roster for the stretch run. They acquired relief pitcher Pat Neshek in a trade with the Phillies and recently struck for catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers. Lucroy is a former star who has not hit well this season, but should benefit from moving to hitter’s paradise Coors Field.
Colorado wasn’t expected to be in contention for the postseason this season but have an inside track to getting there and it made sense to add reinforcements. Colorado has gone 31-19 on the season and has scored 564 runs on the year, which is the second-most in the major leagues behind only the Astros. New York is 23-27 on the road this season and will be the underdogs in this series.
New York is expected to call up top prospect Amed Rosario soon. The young shortstop may be able to make an impact on this series if he is with the big league club since he is a dynamic talent.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8:40 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Jeff Hoffman (Rockies) vs. Steven Matz (Mets)
The Rockies need to start getting better performances out of Hoffman. He has a lot of talent but is only 6-3 with a 5.58 ERA on the season. Hoffman has given up 13 earned runs over his past two outing and his earned run average has skyrocketed.
Matz is 2-4 with a 5.51 ERA. He is also a talented hurler but has struggled badly in his last four starts. While both of these pitchers have talent, playing in Colorado won’t do them any favors. The offenses will aim to take advantage of their struggles.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 8:40 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Antonio Senzatela (Rockies) vs. Chris Flexen (Mets)
Senzatela was moved into a relief role last month after some struggles in the rotation, but he is back starting again. He has started twice since going back to this role and has allowed seven runs in nine innings pitched.
Flexen has only made one career start and it didn’t go well. He lost to the San Diego Padres, allowing three earned runs in three innings. The peripheral numbers were even worse, as he gave up five hits and four walks while only striking out two. Flexen could get knocked around in this one by the powerful Rockies offense.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Thursday, August 3, 2017, 3:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
German Marquez (Rockies) vs. Rafael Montero (Mets)
Marquez has been really good all season for Colorado with a 9-4 record and a 4.08 ERA. He has struck out 95 batters in 97 innings and should give the Rockies the leg up in this one. Marquez only gave up two earned runs in seven innings against the powerful Nationals last time out.
The Mets hope Montero can keep them in the game, but he is just 1-7 with a 5.56 ERA on the year. Montero is striking out more than a batter per inning on the season but has given up a bunch of walks and has an ugly 1.73 WHIP. This is a tough task for him at Coors Field.