Chris Rusin (4-5, 3.99 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (49-70) meet Jonathon Niese (7-9, 3.50 ERA) and the New York Mets (64-56) in the second of a three-game series at Coors Field. The Mets won the last game 14-9 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and will air on RTRM and WPIX.
In his most recent outing, Rusin pitched 9.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-0 victory over the Padres. Carlos Gonzalez (.270, 64 Rs, 28 HRs, 69 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. The Mets were unsuccessful the last time Niese pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates. Lucas Duda (.247, 57 Rs, 21 HRs, 55 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Colorado is a small underdog (+103) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 10 runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rockies have a 35-52 record and overall money line at -1,388. They are 1-7 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Colorado has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Colorado has only averaged 3.0 runs per game compared to the 4.5 they've averaged on the season.
On the other side, the Mets have a nice record of 49-19 when they are favored and are +661 overall with the money line. New York is the top hitting team in the league, converting .236 of their at-bats for hits. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.16, best in the MLB.
The previous four games have all gone New York's way. The Rockies will take on a left-hander (Niese) in this game. They have struggled against left-handed starting pitchers this season, going 5-18. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the left-hander Rusin. They sport a 13-12 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
Colorado won its last game in a shutout, its third of the season. New York has been shut out 11 times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rockies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mets have a 12-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-50. The Mets have a 14-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, New York has hit 113 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 135 home runs.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.97 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.18.
Ranking 28th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). Colorado ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .755.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 27-40. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 25-53 record.