New York Mets vs Colorado Rockies Preview and Free Pick

NY Mets (21-15) at Colorado (18-18)
When: Sunday, May 15th 2016
Where: Coors Field, Denver, CO
Time: 4:10 ET | TV: SNY, ROOT Colorado

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The Colorado Rockies are looking to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets when the teams meet on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. New York will end its long 11-game road trip today looking to break a three-game losing streak and find some offense that has been missing in the normally hitter-friendly Coors. The Mets have only scored six runs in the first two games and are 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position. The Mets have a major league worst .207 batting average in that category this season. The Mets rank second in the N.L. with 52 homeruns, but have only hit on this weekend and Neil Walker is the only position player to hit one out in the last five games. New York has dropped to third place in the N.L. East behind the Nationals and Phillies, but are just a game and a half out. They will start a three-game series with Washington when they return home on Tuesday. Colorado has put together a three-game home winning streak after going 4-10 at Coors to start the season. The Rockies once again are strong on the hitting and very weak in the pitching. They rank fourth in runs scored (5.22) and 28th in ERA (5.00). Colorado will embark on a brutal nine-game road trip next week that takes them to St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Boston.


Pitchers: Mets – Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.12 ERA) | Rockies – Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 3.09)

Jacob deGrom will look to get his first win this month after a brilliant April where he went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA. deGrom settled for a no-decision in his last outing Tuesday, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although he has yet to pitch in Coors Field, deGrom has dominated the Rockies while winning each of his two starts against them, giving up five hits in 15 scoreless innings while striking out 19.

Tyler Chatwood has very typical Colorado pitcher splits. He has been unhittable on the road (4-0, 0.33 ERA), but has been roughed up at Coors (0-3, 7.88 ERA). Chatwood has failed to produce a quality start in any of his three turns in Coors Field, giving up each of the five homers he has allowed this season in those outings. Chatwood draws the Mets for only the fourth time and first since 2013, when he worked six strong innings in a no-decision.

The Mets won’t get swept here today. Chatwood has been terrible at home and the Mets will break-out of their hitting slump. deGrom is 0-1 in his last two starts, but still sports a respectable 3.75 ERA in those two outings. I don’t normally lay this much on the road, but I really like the Mets today.

Pick: Mets -140