After returning to the win column for the first time in seven games, the Rockies look to secure their first series victory of the season as the struggling Antonio Senzatela attempts to right the ship against the hot hand of Marcus Stroman. Denver faithful are hoping the offensive outburst seen Saturday night (a 7-2 victory that included a three-run jack from Josh Fuentes and doubles by Garrett Hampson, C.J. Cron, and Yonathan Daza) is a sign of things to come, and that the Rockies can continue to string quality at-bats together as they attempt to climb back to .500.
Senzatela’s season has seen highs and lows early on. After a masterful performance in a win against the Diamondbacks, his last start against the Dodgers was much more laborious. Going just 2 2⁄3 innings and allowing five runs (four earned), Senzatela is likely to have more luck against a Mets team searching for consistency on offense. With New York currently last in the National League in doubles, home runs, and RBIs, the limiting of extra-base hits in the spacious outfield of Coors Field will be key to the Rockies’ game plan.
Marcus Stroman is quietly off to a phenomenal start. As teammate and ace Jacob deGrom puts up MVP numbers (including very nearly tying an MLB record of consecutive strikeouts on Saturday), Stroman has been just as effective in his own right. In his 12 innings of work this season, he’s allowed just a single run, leading to his miniscule 0.75 ERA. Stroman owns a career record of one win and one loss to the Rockies, with a 1.93 ERA, nine strikeouts and one walk against 11 hits in 14 total innings. Colorado’s first baseman C.J. Cron owns a lifetime .300 average against Stroman.
First pitch: 1:10 PM MDT
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