Jon Gray (0-0, 2.40 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (49-70) and the New York Mets (64-56) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on RTRM, SNY and MLBN.
Gray pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out five in a 7-5 defeat to the Padres. Carlos Gonzalez (.270, 64 Rs, 28 HRs, 69 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Colon went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Pirates in his most recent start. Lucas Duda (.247, 57 Rs, 21 HRs, 55 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday.
Colorado is a narrow -112 favorite at home against New York. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 11 runs for this matchup. The Rockies have an overall money line of -1,573 and a record as the favorite of 14-18. The Rockies have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.5 runs per game.
In the other locker room, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+661), New York has an unimpressive 15-37 record when playing as the underdog. The Mets capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .236 team batting average. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season.
The Mets have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Rockies have a 43-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colon takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 51-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rockies are 15-19. The Mets are 20-21 in close games this season.
The Rockies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with a 29-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-50. The Mets have a 14-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th 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 9.17.
Ranking 29th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth 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.