Mets at Rockies Preview
Two teams that have struggled mightily following promising starts meet Monday as the New York Mets visit the Colorado Rockies for the opener of their four-game series. Play this single game contest here. The Rockies have lost 12 of their last 16 games and hit a new low Sunday, when closer Wade Davis gave up four runs in the ninth inning of a 13-12 interleague loss to Texas.
The Mets improved to 2-4 on their 10-game road trip with Sunday’s 5-3 win over Arizona after staging a four-run rally in the ninth, which was highlighted by Brandon Nimmo’s two-out homer and Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo blast. Nimmo continued to impress with three hits from the leadoff spot while right fielder Jay Bruce returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a sore back and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Colorado dropped two of three to the Rangers over the weekend despite recording 15 hits in Sunday’s loss – including three from Gerardo Parra, who doubled twice and collected four RBIs. The Rockies are 4-11 this month and need better results from a bullpen that was viewed as a strength early in the season but faltered again Sunday, allowing seven runs over 3 1/3 innings.
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (4-2, 1.55 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Tyler Anderson (4-1, 4.48)
DeGrom leads the majors with a 0.87 ERA since April 21, registering 83 strikeouts against 17 walks in 10 starts during that stretch. The Floridian was a hard-luck loser on Wednesday, when he allowed one run with seven strikeouts and no walks over seven innings in a 2-0 setback against Atlanta. Nolan Arenado is 2-for-14 against deGrom, who turns 30 on Tuesday and owns a 3-0 record and 0.99 ERA in five career starts against Colorado.
Anderson matched his longest outing of the season on Wednesday, allowing one run while striking out six over seven innings in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia. The 28-year-old native of Las Vegas has gone 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in five starts at Coors Field this season, compared to 3-0 with a 4.08 ERA in nine road outings. Anderson is making his first start against the Mets since settling for a no-decision on July 28, 2016, when he allowed one run over six frames.
1. The Mets have scored a total of six runs over deGrom’s last five outings.
2. Colorado has lost eight consecutive home games.
3. The Mets activated Jeurys Familia, who picked up the win on Sunday, from the 10-day disabled list and optioned fellow RHP Jacob Rhame to Triple-A Las Vegas.