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Rockies welcome the Mets to Coors Field, hoping to avenge last week's sweep

Colorado is lucky enough to face Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and maybe only one of the big three, Matt Harvey, this time!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets come into Colorado, hoping that facing the Colorado Rockies makes everything right again. Since sweeping the Rockies last week, the Mets have lost four of their last five games while attempting to hold off the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East. Thankfully for them, the Nationals haven't done all that much better.

Over those last five game since facing the Rockies, the Mets' offense has returned to mediocrity, averaging fewer than three runs per game. The pitching hasn't been quite as good either, allowing almost five runs per game. However, as we all know, facing the Rockies can quickly cure a team's problems.

On a brighter note, Friday is Jon Gray's scheduled start. Also, Saturday is Star Wars night at Coors Field with the Rockies giving away CarGo Fett bobbleheads; if you live close enough to physically attend a Rockies game, you have that to look forward to.

Mets Power Rankings

  1. Pitching: Not much has really changed since doing these last week, but at least the Rockies get to face the weaker portion of the Mets rotation. Though Matt Harvey is scheduled to start Sunday's game, there are some rumblings that he may be skipped in the rotation to help protect his health. If Harvey is indeed skipped, expect to see Logan Verrett to get the spot start in his stead. (fWAR rankings -- MLB: 5, NL: 4)
  2. Defense: New York is still nothing extraordinary (fWAR rankings -- MLB: 10, NL: 6)
  3. Offense: This offense isn't that good. Really, it isn't. The Rockies pitching just managed to make it look way better than it really is. Nothing too shocking there, though, as that has been a consistent theme this year.
  4. (fWAR rankings -- MLB: 20, NL: 9)

Who to watch: Hitter

Michael Cuddyer will be returning to Coors Field for the first time since signing with the Mets this off-season. When he was healthy, Coors Field was good to Cuddyer, including helping him win an NL batting crown. However, the injuries weren't left in Colorado and he's struggled through another injury riddled season, putting up some less than desirable numbers for his new team.  Coors Field may be the perfect remedy, though.

Who to watch: Pitcher

The Rockies may completely miss Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard, so the pitcher to watch is not from a statistical standpoint, but rather from a purely entertainment viewpoint.  Bartolo Colon probably looks the least like a professional athlete of anyone in baseball. However, he is always fun to watch, especially if he somehow manages to get on base, which at Coors Field is always a possibility.

Probable Pitchers:

Friday, Aug 21, 8:40 p.m. MT: Gray (0-0) vs. Colon (10-11)

Saturday, Aug 22, 8:10 p.m.: Rusin (4-5) vs. Niese (7-9)

Sunday, Aug 23, 4:10 p.m.: Hale (3-4) vs. Harvey (11-7)