Rockies(54-44) @ Mets(46-51) Preview…
Who knew at the start of the season that in late July the Mets would be 5 games under .500 and in 4th place of the NL East, 10.5 games back of the front running Phillies? At the same time, who knew the Rockies would be 10 games over .500, in controlling position of the wildcard by 2 games and the hottest team in baseball since the end of May? The answer, NO ONE.
The Rockies 10 game road trip begins against the Mets in their new ballpark, Citi Field. Having no history at Citi Field could make it somewhat difficult for the Rockies in their first visit. The Rockies were 3-6 last season against the Mets, losing all 3 games on the road at Shea Stadium. The Mets are 4-6 since the all-star break winning their most recent series against the Astros on the road, 2 games to 1. The previous 2 series the Mets lost to the Braves and the Nationals. The Rockies are 60-71 overall in the series against the Mets.
There’s no Gary Sheffield for the Mets in this series, who is on the 15 day DL. I mention Sheffield simply because he’s one of my favorite players to watch. Jose Reyes also on the DL, hasnt played since May 20th and is a big part of why the Mets are in the poor position they’re in, but certainly not the only reason.
The Rockies are going to have to score runs early every game in this series if they are going to win. They will be facing Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Johan Santana and Jon Niese, so scoring runs shouldn’t be a problem, except for facing Santana who has an ERa of 3.12. All of the other Mets starters the Rockies will face have ERAs 4.08 and above. Ubaldo Jimenez (7-9, 3.85) will face Oliver Perez (2-3, 7.68).
The Rockies will need to return from this road trip no worse that 7-3 in my opinion. They hold a 2 game lead in the NL Wildcard over the Giants, 2.5 over the Cardinals and the Braves and Marlins sit only 3.5 back.
Adam Rubin of the NY Daily News has a seriously more in depth preview of the series here.