Second half opener a rough one

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The Rockies did not open the second half of the season the way they wanted losing the first game to the Mets by a score of 14-2. It was ugly from top to bottom and there was not much of a positive to take away. Jon Gray gave up eight runs in 2+ innings and nearly doubled his ERA because of it.

The offense was nowhere to be seen as well with the team recording only six hits and two runs, with four of the hits coming from Blackmon and Parra. There’s no reason to panic, but it was an ugly game regardless and starting the second half with a loss like this is not the way most teams want to do it.

With Gray struggling, the bullpen had to take on a heavy load and they did not fare much better. Rosscup, Lyles, and Oberg all allowed runs and the team staff as a whole only had one more strikeout than walk. Pair that with the offense striking out 13 times and walking only twice and you have one of the ugliest losses of the season.

Jacob DeGrom is clearly an elite pitcher, but the Mets offense should not score 14 runs against this team let alone against the ace. The Rockies desperately need a rebound as they do not want to start the second half on a bad losing streak. Unfortunately they have Chatwood who is about the least predictable pitcher on the staff. The Rockies really need Chatwood to throw strikes and get through seven innings, while also getting the offense on track. There are a lot of guys struggling this year and if even a couple of them get going this team could become very dangerous.

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