Series Preview: Rockies (52-39) vs. Mets (39-47)

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Friday, July 14th 5:10pm: Jon Gray (2-03.75) vs. Jacob DeGrom (9-3 3.65)

Facing Jacob DeGrom is no easy task, but luckily the Rockies have their own ace on the mound. The Mets have been pretty bad this year while Colorado has been much better. After a strong series against the White Sox before the break, both on offense and on the mound, the Rockies will hope to build on that going into the second half. They did really well on offense which had been their weak point for about three weeks before the break, but the White Sox series saw two double digit victories. Doing that against  Jacob DeGrom and at Citi Field is not easy, but the Rockies will take what they can get.

Saturday, July 15th 5:10pm: Tyler Chatwood (6-10 4.42) vs. Seth Lugo (3-2 4.59)

With Tyler Chatwood on the mound the Rockies just don’t know what they will get. He has walked a league high 57 batters this year allowing 19 walks over his past four starts alone. With Chad Bettis on his way back and an already crowded rotation with rookies, Chatwood may find himself in a tough position of staying. He would not be good in the bullpen as you need to throw strikes out of the bullpen, and even when he is on he has been walking people this year. The Rockies will face rookie Seth Lugo who only went three innings his last time out and has been a mixed bag in his few starts. He has potential, but as Rockies fans have seen this year, rookie pitching is hard to pin down.

Sunday, July 16th 11:10pm: Jeff Hoffman (5-1 4.15) vs. Steven Matz (2-2 3.05)

Hoffman and Matz square off in the series finale for what is a good pitching matchup between two young guys. Hoffman is poised to get through his first full year in the big leagues while Matz is just trying to stay healthy for a full year. Both pitchers are primed to be big roles for the future of their teams, but that will remain to be seen. As far as this game goes, the Rockies will just be hoping to win the series and keep their offense going. They are quite a few games back in the division but are steady in the wild card. If they can play .500 ball the rest of the year they will likely take the wild card, but if they can play the way they played early and the Dodgers slump, they can fight their way back into the division race. Either way, the Rockies are likely seeing the playoffs this year for the first time in a while.

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