What to look for: Mets vs. Rockies at 8:10 PM ET
The Mets will look for a series win against the Rockies on Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver at 8:10 PM ET.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Juan Lagares – CF
Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – LF
Juan Uribe – 3B
Michael Cuddyer – 1B
Wilmer Flores – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jon Niese – LHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Jon Niese (7-9, 3.50 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Chris Rusin (4-5, 3.99 ERA) will start for the Rockies.
Here is what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
Keep on hitting.
The Mets pounded the Rockies on Friday night, although they nearly fell behind after leading the game 7-1. While they have a groundball pitcher on the mound in Niese, there’s never any telling how a game at Coors Field is going to go. So, the Mets would be wise to keep the pressure on with the bats like last night, and treat any lead they have – even if its an eight run lead – like it’s a 1-0 ballgame. They are featuring a righty-heavy lineup tonight which seems a little light, but it should be more than capable of outlasting Colorado once again.
Keep the ball down.
Again, Niese is a groundball pitcher, but that doesn’t necessarily mean much at Coors Field, especially if he’s even the slightest bit off. Hopefully he isn’t and he’s got his cutter and curveball dropping in and below the knees, which would help keep the ball out of the expansive real estate in the outfield (and over the fence) and on the infield for a more routine night.
Still, he can certainly expect to give up some runs there, but as was the case with Colon last night, the idea is to simply keep the Mets offense in the game, and just outlast Colorado if necessary.
The Mets really need a lengthy outing from Niese, as the bullpen was taxed heavily for 5 1/3 innings last night. His ability to keep the ball in and down could go a long way towards accomplishing the goal.
More solid defense.
The Mets have really played some quality defense over the last month, and it certainly helped prevent runs which were scoring in bunches last night. With Niese and his groundball machine running, it’s going to be extra important to play well defensively to keep Colorado off the bases and opportunities at a minimum.