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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Preview: Game 27 - Mets (15-11) at Rockies (16-13) - Colon (2-3) vs Nicasio (2-1)

Preview: Game 27
New York Mets (15-11) at Colorado Rockies (16-13)
Pitching Probables - Bartolo Colon (2-3) 4.50 ERA vs Juan Nicasio (2-1) 5.27 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio 710 WOR AM - First Pitch 8:40 PM


The New York Mets (15-11) head out to Denver Colorado to face the hot hitting Rockies. The Mets are winners of their two games. They are 7-3 in their last ten games and also 7-3 on the road. They were rained out Wednesday in Philadelphia, and are 15-8 since being swept by Washington to open the year.

The Rockies (16-13) won four of six on a road trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona, but it ended on a sour note after they blew a four-run lead in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Colorado now returns for six games at home, where its 8-4 and batting .346.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been their most noteworthy performer at Coors, batting .563 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 10 games there this season.

New York also won its last four against the Rockies in 2013, holding them to five runs in that span.

Pitching has also been a big part of their current success. The Mets are 7-2 with a 2.07 team ERA since April 20 -- helping to mask a .209 team batting average in that time. Still, they're focusing on the positives, which include a rotation that has allowed one run on seven hits over 15 innings in the last two games. Bartolo Colon is next in line.

The 40-year-old Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) has allowed four runs with 14 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last two starts after giving up a career high-tying nine earned runs -- and four homers -- in five innings of a 14-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on April 13.

Outside of that poor showing, Colon has posted a 2.33 ERA with 23 strikeouts and one walk in four starts. He snapped a two-start losing streak Thursday when he surrendered one run and four hits over seven innings in a 4-1 home win over St. Louis.

Colon, who is 2-0 at Coors Field with a 5.40 ERA, will be opposed by Juan Nicasio.

After an effective first three starts, Nicasio (2-1, 5.27) needs an extended outing after making it through 9 1/3 innings in his last two. He suffered his first loss Saturday in a 6-3 defeat against the Dodgers, allowing five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Nicasio has faced the Mets once (1-0 - 7.20 ERA), surrendering four runs on six hits while earning the win in an 8-4 home victory on April 16, 2013.

David Wright hit both of the homers off Nicasio that day and is a career .392 hitter with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 32 games at Coors Field. In his last five games there, he's 10 for 18 with two homers and nine RBIs.

Wright and the Mets' struggling bats could have some help with outfielder Juan Lagares coming off the disabled list. He's been out since April 15 with a strained right hamstring and leads the team with a .314 average. Manager Terry Collins plans to use him regularly along with Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr., meaning the four outfielders could all have their share of time off.

Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado has an MLB-best 20-game hitting streak, on which he's batting .358. First baseman Justin Morneau is 0 for 11 lifetime off Colon and had a 13-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday.


Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Brandon Barnes62200200.333.333.6671.000
Michael Cuddyer134001401.308.308.538.846
Carlos Gonzalez31000001.333.333.333.667
Justin Morneau110000124.
Jordan Pacheco32100000.667.6671.0001.667
Drew Stubbs21000101.500.500.5001.000

Bobby Abreu30000012.
Lucas Duda10000011.000.500.000.500
Curtis Granderson20000011.000.333.000.333
Daniel Murphy20000010.000.333.000.333
Kirk Nieuwenhuis20000002.
Ruben Tejada21000100.500.500.5001.000
David Wright32002300.667.6672.6673.333
Chris Young00000020.0001.000.0001.000
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