In the last of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (49-72) and the New York Mets (66-56) at Coors Field, David Hale (3-4, 6.17 ERA) and Logan Verrett (0-1, 2.82 ERA) get the start. The Mets won the last game 14-9 and New York leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will air on RTRM and WPIX.
In his most recent outing, Hale pitched 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out four and walking three in a 15-6 loss to the Nationals. Carlos Gonzalez (.274, 67 Rs, 29 HRs, 70 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Mets were unsuccessful to the Orioles 5-4 the last time Verrett pitched. He went 1.0 innings, giving up zero runs. Yoenis Cespedes (.297, 75 Rs, 23 HRs, 77 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Mets, going 2 for 6 yesterday with one RBI.
Colorado is a small +104 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 11 runs. The Rockies are 35-52 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,490. They are 1-6 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Colorado's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 7.0 during that span, compared to its 5.3 season average.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Mets come into this game with a solid win percentage of .721 when playing as the favorite (49-19) and an overall money line of +761. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.2 runs per game, above their 3.8 season average. The top hitting team in the league are the Mets, who have a .240 batting average. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.17 on the year, good for tops in the league.
The Mets are a perfect 6-0 against the Rockies this season. This game will feature Verrett (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 44-53 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Hale will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 52-44 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
Colorado has won 44% (24-31) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 57% (27-20) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mets are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 14 runs. The Rockies have a 0-5 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-52. The Mets have a 14-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, New York has hit 119 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 140 home runs.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.03 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.21.
Ranking 26th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .761.
The Mets are 29-40 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rockies are 25-55 when they allow at least one homer.