MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Rockies, 1:10 PM – Cespedes Out

Sunday, July 16, 2017 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Jeff Hoffman (5-1, 4.15) vs. LHP Steven Matz (2-2, 3.05)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets are 10-6 in their last 16 contests. New York is 21-24 at home. The club has won five of its last six home games. New York is 9-16 in day games.

Last night was New York’s 100th win vs. Colorado. After winning the first two games of this series the Mets will look to sweep the Rockies for the first time since August 21-23, 2015 at Colorado. The last time the Mets swept the Rockies in New York, it was a four-game series, August 10-13, 2015. The Mets have two sweeps this year.


  1. Curtis Granderson – CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
  3. Michael Conforto – LF
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. T.J. Rivera – 3B
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Jose Reyes – SS
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

Yoenis Cespedes is out of the lineup today with a sore hip he suffered in Saturday night’s game with Colorado. He will undergo treatment today.


  1. Charlie Blackmon – CF
  2. D.J. LeMahieu – 2B
  3. Nolan Arenado – 3B
  4. Mark Reynolds – 1B
  5. Ian Desmond – LF
  6. Gerardo Parra – RF
  7. Trevor Story – SS
  8. Ryan Hanigan – C
  9. Jeff Hoffman – RHP

Steven Matz is 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA (16 earned runs/72.1 innings) in 11 career starts during the day.

Matz is 2-2 over six games and 38 1/3 innings with a 3.05 ERA, 5.10 FIP and 1.122 WHIP. After back-to-back starts shutting out opponents for seven innings each, Matz’s last start was the roughest of the season allowing five earned runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Cards before the All-Star break. Last year he held the Rockies to two runs over six innings despite allowing 10 hits with a walk. The Rockies have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Blackmon 3-for-4, 2B
  • Arenado 0-for-3
  • Gonzalez 1-for-3, 2B
  • LeMahieu 1-for-2
  • Reynolds 1-for-3, 2B
  • Story 1-for-3

Jeff Hoffman gets the nod for the Rockies. He’s 5-1 over 10 games and 56 1/3 innings, posting a 4.15 ERA, 3.48 FIP and 1.154 WHIP. July has been pretty average from Jeff as he allowed seven runs over 14 innings in his last two starts. Before that, he allowed one run in five of eight starts and only had one bad start in that stretch. Hoffman has never faced the Mets nor has he faced any Mets players when they were with other teams.


New York has scored 23 runs in its first two games in the second half, the most in franchise history. The Mets have scored eight runs in two straight games before the start of the fourth inning for the first time in any two games in team history. Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jay Bruce has hit a home run in four of his last six games. Bruce is fourth in the NL and ninth in the majors with 24 homers. His 23 first-half home runs was tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. Bruce has 62 RBI, which is tied for 10th in the NL and is 11th with 42 extra-base hits.

T.J. Rivera has hit in a career-best 10 straight games, going 16-for-36 (.444) with four doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. It’s the longest by a Mets rookie since Eric Campbell hit safely in 10 consecutive games from June 27-July 13, 2014. The last Mets rookie to have a longer streak was Juan Lagares, 12 games, August 25-September 7, 2013. Over his last 23 contests, dating to June 10, Rivera is hitting .375 (30-for-80) with five doubles, four homers, 12 runs scored and 14 RBI.

Addison Reed has allowed two runs over his 18 innings (1.00 ERA) dating to May 29 and surrendered six runs over his last 30.2 innings (1.76 ERA) since May 1. Reed is 15-for-17 in save chances and is 11th in the NL in saves…He has saved nine straight chances.

Jose Reyes is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with five doubles, one triple, three home runs and seven RBI in his last 13 games. He has seven multi-hit games in his last 12 contests.

Reyes has 499 career stolen bases, including a franchise record 390 with the Mets. He would become the 39th player in major league history with 500 or more stolen bases.

Let’s 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!