Series Preview: Mets (48-55) vs. Rockies (60-46)

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Tuesday, August 1st 6:40pm: Steven Matz (2-4 5.51) vs. Jeff Hoffman (6-3 5.58)

Much like Matz, Hoffman has struggled recently and will be looking to rebound at home. The Rockies got to Matz for seven runs in July which is hopefully a sign that they can repeat the damage done. Matz has the stuff and potential, but he has been injured much and it has probably thrown his ability to get into a rhythm. It also doesn’t help that the Mets have not been great this year and the rotation has struggled mightily through all of it, mostly because of injuries.

Wednesday, August 2nd 6:40: Chris Flexen (0-1 9.00) vs. Tyler Chatwood (6-11 4.78)

Chatwood makes his return to the rotation after a DL stint and bullpen appearance. Chatwood really needs to prove he belongs in the rotation, because as of now he hasn’t shown to be great, especially at home. If he can make a good, quality start at home, he likely will stay in the rotation, but as of now, he is only being used as a placeholder so some of the rookies don’t get overworked down the stretch. He faces a rookie who has only three big league innings under his belt and that rookie now gets to try his hand at Coors. This is a good series for the Rockies to beat up on a team and earn a sweep, but they need to be prepared and can’t be too overconfident.

Thursday, August 3rd 1:10pm: Rafael Montero (1-7 5.56) vs. German Marquez (9-4 4.08)

If there was ever a series for the Rockies to score 30+ runs in three games, this may be the one. They face three young, struggling starters and have some momentum from the Nationals series. They don’t have to face DeGrom and Syndergaard is on the DL. They also just picked up a new catcher who was once the best offensive catcher, only struggling in this year really. There are a lot of things going right for the Rockies in this series, and a good winning streak would be great to help launch them ahead of the Dbacks in the first wild card spot.

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