Now that the nerves from his major league debut are out of the way, Jon Gray will take the hill in New York as he faces off against Jon Niese and the Mets.
Gray, who made his debut last week, threw 77 pitches over four innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, and struck out four while walking two. Gray allowed most of the damage in the first inning, as it took 33 pitches to retire the side. Gray took control after that and finished the next three innings on just 44 pitches. This is just Gray's second major league start, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him put up even better numbers tonight now that he's got his feet wet in the majors. "I feel like I'm more aggressive now," said Gray to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post on Sunday. His nervousness has likely turned to positive adrenaline since his first start.
Jon Niese, who the Rockies were rumored to have interest in this offseason, has put up a solid year with the Mets. In 21 starts, Niese has an ERA of 3.51, with 86 strikeouts and 37 walks. Niese isn't much of a hard thrower, and relies heavily on his two-seam fastball to get batters to put the ball on the ground.
Jose Reyes, who spent the first nine years of his career with the Mets, will bat leadoff for the first time in a Rockies uniform. Charlie Blackmon, the usual leadoff hitter, will get the day off against the Mets’ left-handed pitcher. Drew Stubbs will start in his place, playing center field and hitting seventh. Carlos Gonzalez, who has four homers in his last four games will hit third. Kyle Parker will continue to see full-time duties as he makes his tenth straight start and plays first base.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||NEW YORK METS|
|Jose Reyes - SS||Curtis Granderson - RF|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Daniel Murphy - 3B|
|Carlos Gonzalez - RF||Yoenis Cespedes - CF|
|Nolan Arenado - 3B||Lucas Duda - 1B|
|Kyle Parker - 1B||Kelly Johnson - 2B|
|Nick Hundley - C||Travis d'Arnaud - C|
|Drew Stubbs - CF||Michael Conforto - LF|
|Brandon Barnes - LF||Jon Niese - LHP|
|Jon Gray - RHP||Ruben Tejada - SS|