What to look for: Mets vs. Rockies, 4:10 PM ET
The Mets will look for a series sweep of the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver at 4:10 PM ET.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Juan Uribe – 3B
Kelly Johnson – 2B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Anthony Recker – C
Logan Verrett – RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Logan Verrett (0-1, 2.82 ERA) will start for the Mets.
David Hale (3-4, 6.17 ERA) will start for the Rockies.
Here’s what I’m looking for today from the Mets:
A historic, yet necessary win.
Should the Mets defeat the Rockies today, they will have swept a season series from the Rockies for the first time ever. It will also mark the first time the Mets have ever swept a series at Coors Field.
But as Terry Collins said on Saturday, this is a game the Mets need to win, as they’d be taking care of some much needed business against a lesser team. It would also be notable as the Rockies split six games with the Nationals this month, which could be considered a lost opportunity on their part, as a Mets sweep would net a 3 1/2 game margin over the Nationals against the Rockies alone.
No caps for bats.
The Mets have crushed the Rockies so far in this series. There’s no reason to expect anything less on Sunday considering how poorly the Rockies pitch day-after-day. That’s not to say the Mets won’t give up a lot of runs, because they have in the first 18 games of this series. But once again, it’s a matter of simply outpacing the Rockies and playing better behind their pitcher to mitigate any offensive charge.
So far, the Mets have done that in this series.
Mileage from Logan Verrett.
The good news about starting Verrett today is he’s pitched enough in the thin air and high altitudes of the Pacific Coast League to know what he’s in for at 5,280 feet in Denver.
The bad news? Those were minor league teams, and as bad as the Rockies have been in 2015, they have a juggernaut of a lineup in Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and DJ LeMahieu.
The key for Verrett is to survive five, maybe six inning on Sunday, and just keep the Mets ahead long enough to get it to the bullpen. They’ll be without Tyler Clippard and possibly Jeurys Familia, but if he checks the boxes above, the Mets should be in good shape.