Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

Late last night I thought the Mets would finally give the Mets some relief from a sad, disappointing day. For a couple of innings, it looked like the Mets were going to make an incredible comeback and for 30 minutes baseball was fun again, not a twisting, painful journey through a nostalgia of hopes. The day started out with the Mets DFA’ing Harvey, ending an era of braggadocio confidence Mets fans had through 2015. Then Wheeler got off to a horrible start last night but somehow lasted 6.0 innings. The Mets bats couldn’t completely dig out of the hole and now the Mets will turn to Steven Matz.

Steven Matz, experiencing back stiffness, will make his start tonight. He is 1-2 over 5 games and 21.2 innings with a 4.98 ERA, 5.43 FIP, 1.292 WHIP, 78 ERA+. He is coming off his worst start of the season 10 days ago where he allowed 7 runs, 3 earned, over 3.1 innings from 5 hits and 2 walks against the Cardinals. Steven’s worst start of last season came against the Rockies in Queens where he allowed 7 runs from 9 hits and 1 walk while only recording 3 outs. Later in the season he had another poor start against the Rockies, but much better than his previous start, where he allowed 3 runs from 6 hits and 2 walks over 5.0 innings. The Rockies have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Blackmon 5-8, 2 2B, BB
  • Castro 4-9, HR
  • Arenado 2-8, 2 HR
  • LeMahieu 4-7, 2B
  • Story 3-6, 2B
  • Gonzalez 1-5, 2B
  • Parra 1-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Chad Bettis who is currently performing much better than any of his career numbers. Over 6 years he has a 4.80 ERA, 1.442 WHIP, 98 ERA+. This season he has a 2.43 ERA, 1.054 WHIP and 187 ERA+ over 6 starts. April 23rd was his worst start of the season where he allowed 4 runs over 5.0 innings but he rebounded in his last start allowing 2 runs over 7.0 innings. The last time he faced the Mets was at the end of July in 2016 where he allowed 3 runs over 6.0 innings from 5 hits and 2 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against Bettis:

  • Gonzalez 2-14, 2B
  • Flores 0-4
  • Bruce 2-4, 2B, HR
  • Conforto 0-3
  • Lagares 2-3, 2B, 3B
  • Nimmo 1-2
  • Cabera 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

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