The Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets will conclude a three-game series Wednesday afternoon from Coors Field. The Mets will give the starting nod to 27-year old right-hander Noah Syndergaard, and the Rockies will counter with 26-year old right-hander Jeff Hoffman. The season series is tied two games apiece.
Syndergaard Looks to Rebound After Two Subpar Outings
Noah Syndergaard will get the nod for the 30th time of the season, looking to get back on track after two uncharacteristic outings. Syndergaard allowed four runs in five innings against the Dodgers in his previous start, leading to a loss to bring his record to 10-8. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has looked great in three out of his last four starts, and he currently holds a mediocre 4.15 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 180 innings logged. Syndergaard fired seven shutout innings in the lone meeting against the Rockies this season, and he features a 2-0 record and a stifling 2.42 ERA in four career starts against Colorado. Charlie Blackmon is 2 for 11 against Syndergaard, while Trevor Story is 0 for 5, and Nolan Arenado is 2 for 7.
Mets’ leadoff hitter Jeff McNeil has cooled off recently, notching just two hits in his last four games entering Tuesday. The 27-year old left fielder is having a brilliant rookie season, recording a .319 average with 21 home runs and 70 RBI’s. McNeil is 3 for 13 with two RBI’s against the Rockies this season.
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— New York Mets (@Mets) September 17, 2019
The Mets are running out of time, and their playoff hopes are all but done, standing five games back with only 12 games remaining. They haven’t been playing bad, however, the others in front of them continue to win.
The Mets are currently averaging 4.85 runs, ranking them 15th in the big leagues. The New York pitching staff is carrying a sharp 4.35 team ERA, placing them 12th in the Majors. The Mets own a 34-42 road record.
Jeff Hoffman Snaps Three Game Slide
Jeff Hoffman will get the call for the 13th time of the year, hunting for his second straight victory. Hoffman squandered four runs in 5.1 innings against the Padres in his latest effort, and he came away with the win. The fourth-year right-hander has been a little bit better this month, however, overall he is having a disastrous season, posting an awful 7.03 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP accompanied with a 2-6 record in 56.1 innings of action. Hoffman was roughed up in his meeting against the Mets this season by serving up six runs in 4.2 innings, and he has now squandered 17 runs in 17.2 career innings against New York. Pete Alonso is 0 for 3 against Hoffman, while Michael Conforto is 2 for 7, and Amed Rosario is 1 for 6.
Daniel Murphy is swinging a hot bat, collecting seven hits along with four RBI’s in his last four games. The 10-year veteran first baseman is having a decent year, hitting .284 with 13 home runs and 77 RBI’s on the year. Murphy is only 3 for 16 with one RBI against the Mets this season.
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 17, 2019
The Rockies have some momentum as they have won six out of their last seven games entering Tuesday which included a sweep over the Padres after struggling most of the second half. Colorado’s pitching continues to struggle and they usually have to score multiple runs to win games.
The Rockies are scoring an average of 5.21 runs on the year, good for ninth in the big leagues. The Colorado pitching staff continues to scuffle, logging a poor 5.69 ERA, pegging them down at 29th overall. The Rockies are 40-36 on their home field.
The New York Mets are:
- 30-12 in their last 42 games against a right-handed starter.
- 5-1 in Syndergaard’s last 6 starts in the third game of a series.
- 8-3 in Syndergaard’s last 11 road starts against a team with a losing record.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 1-7 in Hoffman’s last 8 starts on 4 days of rest.
- 4-10 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record.
- 3-8 in their last 11 Wednesday games.