Coming off a 4-6 road trip, the New York Mets saw their division lead in the NL East crumble down to just a game and a half in front of the surging Atlanta Braves. Next up, a 10-game homestand with the division lead possibly at stake. Their first test, the Colorado Rockies.
Rockies Record: 54-71
Mets Record: 79-46
Ryan Feltner 2-4, 5.88 ERA vs Jacob deGrom 2-1, 2.31 ERA
Kyle Freeland 7-8, 4.93 ERA vs Chris Bassitt 11-7, 3.26 ERA
TBD vs TBD
German Marquez 6-10 5.22 ERA vs Max Scherzer 9-3, 2.33 ERA
What to Watch:
The Mets are coming off a disappointing end to their road trip losing both games of their two-game series against the New York Yankees only scoring a combined four runs in that series. The Colorado Rockies are coming off splitting their two-game series against the Texas Rangers. Some players to watch out for in this series for the Mets are Mark Canha and Jeff McNeil. Despite the lack of runs scored in both games against the Yankees, Canha and McNeil had a great series against the Yankees and a great road trip overall.
For Canha, the Mets outfielder went nine for 22 on the road trip with three home runs. Two of them in one game against the Philadelphia Phillies that helped the Mets rally to come back and win. He has seen his batting average climb to .274 after a bit of a cold streak. McNeil had an excellent road trip for the Mets and is really having a revival season this year after he struggled mightily last year. In his last eight games, he went 14 for 34 with five extra-base hits along with driving in four runs. And on top of that, he was great on defense so the Mets will look for both Canha and McNeil to keep their bats hot as they return home.
The Pitching Matchup:
This is no knock on the Rockies but they will be overmatched by pitching in this series. For starters, game one will have Jacob deGrom who despite coming off his first loss of the season against the Braves on August 18, has not missed a beat ever since coming off the IL as he has struck out a combined 37 batters in his first four starts of the year. The Rockies will have young hurler Ryan Feltner on the mound who is still trying to get his feet wet in the big leagues as he has pitched to an ERA over five in 11 games started this year. Game two should feature a more competitive pitching matchup between two veteran starters in Kyle Freeland and Chris Bassitt. Freeland will look for better results in this start unlike his last start on August 21 against the San Francisco Giants when he gave up five earned runs and two home runs.
Meanwhile, for Bassitt, he will look to win his fourth straight start in a row for the Mets. Game three has no projected starters as of right now but the finale of the series will feature two more veteran starters in German Marquez and Max Scherzer. Marquez will also look for much better results too for the Rockies as in his last start against the Rangers on August 23 when he gave up three home runs and six earned runs overall. For the Mets, Scherzer too will look to right the ship as he has struggled in his last couple of starts. The eight-time All-Star has given up eight earned runs in his last two starts against the Braves and the Yankees.
Who Wins the Series?
This is a series the Mets have to take advantage of. The Rockies are not a contender or a good team. If the Mets want to hold on to their slim lead in the NL East, this is the series to do it. That is why I have the Mets winning three out of four in this series. The Mets have a better roster with better pitchers and offensive weapons. Plus, they’re at home. They need to take advantage of this opportunity before the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town. Give me the Mets winning this series three out four.