What to look for: Mets vs. Rockies, 8:40 PM ET
The Mets open a three-game series with the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver at 8:40 PM ET.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Daniel Murphy – 3B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Kelly Johnson – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Bartolo Colon – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Jon Gray (0-0, 2.40 ERA) will start for the Rockies.
Here’s what I am looking for from the Mets tonight:
Break out the bats.
They are in a hitters dream out in Denver tonight, so it would be really great if the Mets could break out a little bit and put up some crooked numbers against the Rockies, who just don’t pitch very well at all. They did a better job of hitting with runners in scoring position on Wednesday against the Orioles, but it was still a little off and on in another hitters park in Camden Yards.
The Mets may need to have a good night at the plate anyway, especially if Colon can’t spot his two-seamer down and on the corners.
Continue a positive trend.
Colon has been a little better as of late, as he has allowed one run in three of his last five starts. In that ballpark with his stuff, it’s unlikely he will have a spotless start, but he’s tasked with simply keeping the Mets in the game tonight and not put the Mets in an insurmountable hole. Anything else is a bonus from Colon.
Keep the pressure on.
The Mets are in control of their destiny. The more wins they rack up, the more that comes off their magic number, regardless of Washington does. They’re in a real soft part of their schedule over the next month or so – there is no reason why the Mets can’t get off on the right foot and string together a number of wins beginning in Colorado tonight.