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Rockies to try and avoid sweep and keep the Mets from scoring 10 runs

The Rockies meet the Mets today in the final of a three game series

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

We're at that point in the season. Matt Harvey was originally scheduled to start against the Rockies today. But in order to keep Harvey's innings down as the Mets prepare to contend for the postseason, they'll send Logan Verrett, who will make his first big league start, to the mound instead. This is a disappointment. In an alternate, happier, timeline, I'm happy that the Rockies will miss Harvey. In the actually existing 2015, no Harvey means the game is missing what would have been one of its most compelling draws. That's where we are in the 2015 season.

Verrett has pitched 13 1/3 innings of effective relief for the Mets this season, but he's been stretched out in Triple-A to keep the Mets' young arms fresh for a postseason run. Brooksbaseball.net has only small sample information on Verrett (338 pitches). It indicates that he mostly relies on a four-seam fastball, which averages about 92 mph, and a slider. The slider breaks vertically like a curveball, which leads to a lot of groundballs. He also throws a sinker and a changeup.

David Hale gets the ball for the Rockies. He's making his second start since returning from the disabled list. In his last outing, he went five innings and allowed six runs on eight hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Hale has two career starts against the Mets. Both of them came last year while he was a member of the Braves.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Curtis Granderson - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Yoenis Cespedes - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Daniel Murphy - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Juan Uribe - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Kelly Johnson - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ben Paulsen - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Wilmer Flores - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Kyle Parker - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Michael Conforto - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Daniel Descalso - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Anthony Recker - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Dustin Garneau - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Logan Verrett - RHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">David Hale - RHP</td></tr></tbody>

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