Series Preview: Mets (59-72) @ Rockies (72-59)

An article by posted on September 1, 2009

If you are still watching most of the Mets games right now, I would have to consider you a hardcore fan.  There hasn’t been much to look forward to the past few weeks, as the team roster has been reduced to a Triple A squad.  The injuries never end, and the disabled list has become a black hole.

The Mets start September with a three game series against the Colorado Rockies.  The start of September signals the expansion of rosters – which will give the Mets an opportunity to see some of their future.  If all this news about the financial woes are true – the current group of prospects are going to play an even more important role.  So far only one prospect has been called up – catcher Josh Thole.  With Binghamton, he hit .328, with 29 doubles and 46 RBIs.  He is probably a year away from being major league ready, but it should be interesting seeing him in action against Major Leaguers.

David Wright should also be back Tuesday, after missing two plus weeks with a concussion.  It will be interesting watching if he makes any changes in his hitting approach because of the incident.  A more optimistic view is that this is the first stretch in his career he has had off, so it could refresh his physical and mental state.

The Rockies, on the other hand are tied for the Wildcard with the Giants.  On Monday night, they acquired former White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras.  Colorado will be looking at this series as an oppurtunity to beat an injury plaqued team and take over the Wild Card lead.
This series can still be exciting for a Mets fan – Josh Thole will make his debut, David Wright is back, and the Mets have a chance to ruin another teams playoffs hopes.

Probable Starters

Tuesday: Mike Pelfrey (9-9, 4.80) @ Jorge De La Rosa (12-9, 4.72)
Wednesday: Tim Redding (2-4, 5.94) @ Ubaldo Jimenez (12-10, 3.33)
Thursday: Pat Misch (0-1, 3.41) @ Jason Marquis (14-9, 3.60)

Predictions

Game 1: Mets 7 Rockies 5
Game 2: Rockies 6 Mets 5
Game 3: Mets 5 Rockies 4 (12 Innings)

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