The New York Mets lost a devastating two out of three games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Once again, their offense couldn’t get runners home as the team left a total of 18 men on base in the two defeats. With a record of 53-47, they are now 5 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East and still on the outside of the Wild Card picture. Now they play a four game weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, who swept three games from them at Coors Field May 13th-May 15th. The Rockies come in a little wary, having to play a 1:10 PM game on Thursday after playing a 7:05 PM game the previous night in Baltimore. Colorado is on the absolute fringes of the playoff chase with a record of 49-52 and in third place in the National League West but 7-3 over their last ten contests.
If you follow me on Facebook, you know the affection I have for Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado. I can make the argument that he is the best all-around player in the National League. He is second in all of baseball in RBI’s with 78 and is tied for fifth in home runs with 26. If the Rockies can get closer to a Wild Card, you should see Arenado’s name mentioned as an MVP candidate. Shortstop Trevor Story is the front runner to win National League Rookie of the Year with 27 homers, tied for third among all Major League hitters. He has six long balls in his last 15 games but is a strikeout machine with 127 whiffs in 404 plate appearances. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu continues to be a force at the plate, hitting .327 which is fifth among all Major League batters. He has nine hits in his last 27 at-bats. Carlos Gonzalez, forever the subject of trade rumors, is having another All-Star season with 20 home runs and 62 RBI’s while batting .317, 11th among all hitters.
On the mound, left-hander Tyler Anderson takes the ball in the opener, facing Jacob deGrom. The 26-year old rookie is 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA in eight starts. Over his last three outings, Anderson has allowed nine earned earns in 18 1/3 innings, striking out 15. On Friday, it will be Tyler Chatwood vs. Steven Matz. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA in eight starts on the road. One of his few solid home outings came on May 15th against the Mets as he hurled seven innings of three run ball as the Rockies won by a score of 4-3. Chatwood is 9-6 overall with a 3.65 ERA in 18 starts. On Saturday, it will be left-hander Jorge De La Rosa facing off against Bartolo Colon. It’s been a tough year for the veteran with a record of 6-7 with a 5.70 ERA and a brief demotion to the bullpen. However, he had a good outing on Monday vs. the Orioles, allowing only one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The finale on Sunday has right-hander Chad Bettis facing Noah Syndergaard. Bettis is 9-6 with a 5.19 ERA but has been solid over his last three games, allowing five earned runs in 17 1/3 innings, picking up two victories. The Rockies’ bullpen has settled down with rookie right-hander Carlos Estevez becoming the closer. He has allowed three hits and two runs in ten July appearances. The return from Tommy John surgery of power righty Adam Ottavino has also helped. He hasn’t allowed a run and has surrendered only three hits in his first ten appearances.
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