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Rockies travel to face first-place Mets, their daunting pitching staff

Colorado is lucky enough to face Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom AND Noah Syndergaard in this series!

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Fresh off a rare road series win, the Colorado Rockies continue their road trip, visiting the New York Mets for a four-game series.

The Mets are leading the NL East with a 59-52 record behind their young pitching studs. Despite it being the middle of August, the Rockies have not yet faced the Mets and their vaunted pitching staff. The Rockies are hoping to continue their spoiler role in the NL East after upsetting the Nationals.

Mets Power Rankings

  1. Pitching: The Mets starters might be the scariest bunch of pitchers out there, especially if you manage to line up against Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard in a four-game series, as Colorado will do. Other than perhaps the Niese start, expect games with a lot of strikeouts.
  2. Defense: New York is nothing extraordinary and really quite average here, with newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes' outfield arm really the only thing worth watching.
  3. Offense: As good as the Mets' pitching has been, the offense has been that bad. Sporting a team triple slash of .237/.301/.370 and wRC+ of 89, it is almost the equivalent of the Rockies fielding a team full of Michael McKenrys. While the Mets are hoping that their new acquisitions as well as the return of David Wright from injury helps boost this part of the team, chances are the Rockies will have a fighting shot at winning some games even if they only score a couple of runs.

Who to watch: Hitters

Lucas Duda has probably been the Mets' best hitter this season, but instead focus on Cespedes, one of the new Mets acquired right before the deadline after a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gomez fell through.

Who to watch: Pitchers

As far as starting pitchers go, it might be easier to list who not to watch, but due to the rumors connecting him to the Rockies this offseason as a possible piece in a Troy Tulowitzki trade, we're going to focus on Noah Syndergaard. Since being called up from Triple-A, Syndergaard has performed up to expectations with a 3.01 ERA backed up by a 2.87 FIP and 9.7 K/9.

Probable Pitchers:

Mon, Aug. 10 - 7:10 PM: Gray (0-0) vs. Niese (6-9)

Tue, Aug 11 - 7:10 PM: Rusin (3-4) vs. Harvey (10-7)

Wed, Aug 12 - 7:10 PM: De La Rosa (7-4) vs. deGrom (10-6)

Thu, Aug 13 - 12:10 PM: Butler (3-9) vs. Syndergaard (6-6)

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