Jonathon Niese (6-9, 3.51 ERA) and the New York Mets (59-52) meet Jon Gray (0-0, 4.50 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (47-62) in the first of a four-game series at Citi Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and will air on RTRM and SNY.
In his last start, Niese pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking one in a 5-1 victory over the Marlins. Yoenis Cespedes (.295, 67 Rs, 18 HRs, 66 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Rockies were unsuccessful the last time Gray pitched. He tossed 4.0 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 10-4 loss to the Mariners. Carlos Gonzalez (.281, 58 Rs, 25 HRs, 62 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rockies, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
New York, a -170 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. The Mets perform well as a favorite with a 45-16 record and have an overall money line of +649. They are 7-3 as the favorite over their last 10 games. New York has averaged 5.3 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.7. The Mets are a superb hitting team with an MLB-best .237 team batting average. Turning to the pitching staff, the Mets don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.17 WHIP. An area where the Mets are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average 8.4 K's per home game.
Across the field, the Rockies have a record of 33-45 when they are the underdog and are -1,091 overall with the money line.
This game will feature Gray (RHP) on the mound against the Mets, who have a 48-41 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Niese will take the mound against the Rockies. Against lefty starters this season, they have a terrible 5-17 record overall and 2-8 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
Colorado recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 3-8 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 6-43. The Mets have a 13-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, New York has hit 100 this season. Colorado ranks sixth with 127 home runs.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.99 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at second with 9.35.
Ranking 29th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.673). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .767.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 24-48, well-matched with the Mets who are 24-36 when allowing at least one homer.