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New York Mets, Colorado Rockies face off in must-win series

Fresh off a series win in Baltimore, the Colorado Rockies are looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in New York.

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The Colorado Rockies face off against the New York Mets in their last series before the August 1st trade deadline. With just four games left before the deadline, the Rockies currently have less than a 1% probability of making the playoffs and will probably be selling some pieces unless they sweep the Mets.

The Mets are in a slightly better place with a 36% probability of making the playoffs entering today’s game, but struggling to keep the pace as they have been burdened with injuries.

The once formidable Mets rotation is now missing Matt Harvey for the rest of the season. Also, both Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard are trying to pitch through the pain of bone spurs in their elbows. The Mets offense has been serviceable this year despite missing David Wright since the end of May. Yoenis Cespedes has been struggling to stay healthy as well and his health is probably the most important factor to the Mets playoff chances right now.

Despite their decent playoff chances, the Mets may be looking for some positive developments this weekend before committing to buying at the deadline. Otherwise their management may be unwilling to sacrifice prospects to try and shore up a team that may be on the brink of collapsing beneath the load of their injuries.

The Rockies may not see Jose Reyes in this series either as his strained intercostal muscle is expected to keep him from playing over the weekend.

The Rockies offense has their work cut out for them as they will face Jacob DeGrom, Matz, Bartolo Colon and Syndergaard in the four game series. The Rockies will counter with Tyler Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, Jorge De La Rosa and Chad Bettis.

Start time for the first game of the series is a bizarre 11:10 a.m. (MT) as the Mets are having a special weekday day game for all the summer camps in their area. Friday and Saturday’s games start at a more traditional 5:10 p.m. before Sunday getaway game at 11:10 a.m.

All four games will be available on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain as well as streaming on MLB.TV for those not blacked out. 850 KOA and Gameday Audio will be the options for those choosing to listen to the radio instead.