For the Colorado Rockies, it continues to be about playing the role of spoiler in the month of September and seeing what young players can do against some of the best teams in the National League.
Starting Monday night, the New York Mets visit Coors Field and the Colorado Rockies for the only time this season. Entering Monday four games out of the NL Wild Card, the Mets are 77-72 overall and 6-4 in their last 10 games. That includes a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks and dropping two out of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers, all at Citi Field.
New York’s heavy dose of the NL West continues Monday with Steven Matz (10-8, 3.84 ERA) scheduled to take the mound against Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela (9-10, 6.87 ERA). On Tuesday, New York will send Marcus Stroman (8-13, 3.35 ERA) to the bump against Colorado’s Tim Melville (2-2, 5.16 ERA) while Wednesday’s matinee series finale will feature Colorado’s Jeff Hoffman (2-6, 7.03 ERA) against Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.15 ERA).
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There was talk earlier in the season that the Rockies might chase Stroman or Syndergaard if the opportunity presented itself. Now Colorado fans will be able to see the duo first-hand. But let’s not forget that Stroman has already taken the mound at Coors Field once this season, pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays on June 1 before he was traded to New York. He surrendered seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings as Colorado posted a 4-2 win.
Colorado has won five of its last six games and has done it in a variety of fashions, posting consecutive 2-1 wins over the St. Louis Cardinals in pitching duels and outslugging the San Diego Padres with 31 runs scored in their three-game set.
We talk about some statistics that stand out to us as well as some things we will be watching when the Mets and Rockies square off for the next three days in our latest podcast. You can click here to listen to it or simply click on the box below to have it play without leaving this page.