MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Rockies, 8:40 PM

An article by posted on May 2, 2014

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The Mets will get an opportunity to even up the series when they take on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field tonight at 8:40 PM.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.99 ERA) gets the assignment for the Mets and will oppose left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23) for the Rockies.

Wheeler has been hot of late, giving up just six runs with 19 strikeouts over 18.1 innings in his last three starts – all of them Mets victories.

Juan Lagares, who was activated from the disabled list before last night’s game, doubled in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games. Lagares would double again and drive in a run in his return to the lineup.

Since July 1, 2013, Lagares is second on the club with 18 doubles, trailing only Daniel Murphy (23) and is hitting .264 (87-330) with five triples, four home runs and 35 RBI over that period.

The Mets have had a starter yield seven or more runs just twice this season. Both times it was righty Bartolo Colon, who gave up nine on April 13 against the Angels and seven Thursday night.

The Mets have a .987 fielding percentage, the second-best in the National League behind Cincinnati (.989) and the fifth-best in the majors.

Scott Rice has retired 12 of the last 13 batters he’s faced and is unscored upon seven straight games (3.1 innings) and in 11 of his 13 outings. In addition, Rice has stranded 13 of 15 inherited runners.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Chris Young – LF
  5. Curtis Granderson – RF
  6. Josh Satin – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets just didn’t quite have it last night in Colorado, and look to find it in game 2 tonight. Last night Colon had a bad start, ending the Mets streak of starting pitchers going at least 5 innings and the Mets offense wasn’t ready for the starting pitching to have an off night. The Rockies won 7-4, but that easily could have been 7-1 if it wasn’t for d’Arnaud hitting a three run homer in the ninth. Tonight Zack Wheeler looks to get the Mets back on track as they square off with Jorge De La Rosa.

Zack Wheeler is 1-2 on the season with a 3.99 ERA over 5 starts in the first month with 29.1 innings of work and 31 strikeouts. Wheeler is coming off of his best start of the season logging 6 innings with 1 earned run while striking out 10.  Wheeler has not faced the Rockies in his short career and has only faced one batter, Drew Stubbs, who is 1-2.

Jorge De La Rosa is 2-3 over 6 starts in his first month while posting a 5.23 ERA over 31.0 innings while walking 13 and striking out 28. His last two starts have been much better than his first four. In his last two he is a combined 12.0 IP, 2 ER and 8 K. In his career he has pitched 29.2 innings against the Mets with a 4.55 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Jorge:

  • C Young 5-26, 2B, 2 HR
  • Wright 3-10, 2 2B, 5 BB
  • Abreu 1-8
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Murphy 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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