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  • Mets @ Rockies: 09/16 8:40 PM ET; SNY, AT&TSN; WCBS, ESPN, KOA



    GAME 150, ROAD GAME 76

    Monday, 16th September
    8:40 PM ET
    Coors Field





    METS -- STANDINGS



    ROCKIES -- STANDINGS



    METS -- LEADERS -- ROCKIES



    METS -- BATTING -- ROCKIES



    METS -- PITCHING -- ROCKIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    ROCKIES -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- ROCKIES

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    Mets Head to Rocky Mountains for Matchup with Colorado



    The New York Mets were expected to be sellers at the July 30 trading deadline, but instead they added a key arm. It appears to have been a smart move for them.

    New York has one of the most surprising turnarounds in the second half of the season. On July 12, the Mets were 11 games under .500 but since then have gone 37-21 and put themselves in the thick of the NL wild-card race with two weeks left in 2019.

    New York starts its final push at Colorado following a tough 3-2 loss at home to the playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night. The Mets will send left-hander Steven Matz against Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela on Monday night in the first of a three-game set.

    New York is four games out of the second wild card with its next 10 games against three of the bottom teams in the NL. It will take leaping a couple of teams to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

    "You see a couple teams are winning, a couple teams are losing, it's going up and down," third baseman Todd Frazier said after a win over Arizona on Wednesday. "It's that chess match of not worrying about anything else, but worrying about us winning games. That hope is there."

    Colorado's fall to the bottom of the standings was a little surprising considering it was coming off a 91-win season and had a solid rotation to begin the year.

    Injuries and ineffectiveness from the starters and bullpen - Wade Davis, the $17 million former closer, has been relegated to mop-up duty - are a big reason for the fall, but the Rockies have started to play better at home. They have won five of the first six on this homestand, including a pair of 2-1 wins over NL Central leader St. Louis and a sweep of San Diego over the weekend.

    They have a chance to derail New York's playoff hopes at Coors Field.

    Matz (10-8, 3.84 ERA) has been brilliant at home, going 7-1 with a 1.94 ERA this year, but he's less effective on the road. In 14 starts away from Citi Field, he is 3-7 with a 6.08 ERA. He will make his third career start at Coors Field, where he is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.

    Overall, he is 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies, with the one victory coming June 8, when he allowed two earned runs over six innings.

    Senzatela (9-10, 6.87) earned his first win since July 14 when he tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Cardinals on Wednesday night. It was his first quality start since June 23 and his first home win since June 2.

    "I had it a little bit on my mind. 'It's September. I've been throwing good in September,'" Senzatela said after beating St. Louis. "I just tried to get my confidence back and make good pitches."

    Monday will be his third career start against the Mets - his second at home - and he is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in nine innings in the first two outings.

    He beat the Mets in New York on June 7 with six solid innings.

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    • #3
      • New York and Colorado meet for a three-game set, with the Mets taking two of three when these teams met from June 7-9. New York starters had a 1.89 ERA in that series and have posted a 1.70 ERA over their last 20 games against NL West opponents.
      • The Mets dropped two of three against the Dodgers over the weekend, scoring seven total runs. Their .125 batting average was their lowest in a three- or four-game series since hitting .116 in Oct. 2015, against the Nationals.
      • The Rockies swept the Padres in a three-game set, scoring at least 10 runs in all three games. Before that series, Colorado scored 10 or more runs three times in its previous 65 games. The Rockies hit .355 over the weekend after hitting .209 in their previous five home games.
      • Since returning from a month-long IL stint on Sept. 4, Robinson Cano is batting .400 with a 1.206 OPS. His .323 career batting average in September/October is fifth all time among players with at least 1500 Sept./Oct. at-bats.
      • Trevor Story hit two home runs Friday against the Padres, giving him 14 multi-homer games since entering the league in 2016, the most by any shortstop in that span. Before Friday, Story had gone 76 straight contests without a multi-homer game, the second-longest streak of his career.
      • The Mets are 35-54 (.393 win percentage) all-time at Coors Field, the second-lowest mark of any NL team (Brewers, .392). Mets pitching has a .317 opponent batting average at Coors Field all-time, the highest in the National League.
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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. Nimmo homered to left on a 1-1 count. McNeil popped out to shortstop Story. Conforto grounded out, second baseman McMahon to first baseman Murphy. Canó flied out to left fielder Desmond.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 1:
          Rockies first. Story grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Murphy grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Arenado popped out to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Alonso struck out. Davis grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman Murphy. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman Murphy.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 2:
          Rockies second. Blackmon struck out. McMahon struck out. Desmond homered to left on a 2-2 count. Hampson singled to left. On left fielder Davis' fielding error, Hampson to second. Butera grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Nido singled to center. Matz struck out. Nimmo flied out to center fielder Hampson. McNeil homered to right on a 1-0 count, Nido scored. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman Murphy.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 3:
          Rockies third. Senzatela struck out. Story struck out. Murphy grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Matz.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Canó grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman Murphy. Alonso singled to center. Davis lined out to center fielder Hampson. Rosario doubled to left, Alonso scored. Nido was intentionally walked. Matz flied out to left fielder Desmond.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 4:
          Rockies fourth. Arenado popped out to shortstop Rosario. Blackmon singled to center. McMahon walked on four pitches, Blackmon to second. Desmond lined out to right fielder Conforto. Hampson singled to right, Blackmon scored, McMahon to third. Butera walked, Hampson to second. Senzatela singled to left, McMahon scored, Hampson scored, Butera to second. Story homered to left on a 1-1 count, Butera scored, Senzatela scored. Murphy flied out to left fielder Davis.
          Runs: 6, Hits: 4

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. Nimmo flied out to left fielder Desmond. McNeil singled to center. Conforto struck out. Canó grounded out, second baseman McMahon to first baseman Murphy.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Rockies fifth. Lockett pitching. Arenado popped out to shortstop Rosario. Blackmon singled to center. McMahon grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Blackmon to second. Desmond flied out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Alonso doubled to right. Davis grounded out, third baseman Arenado to first baseman Murphy. Rosario hit an infield single to second, Alonso to third. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Nido. Guillorme struck out. Panik pinch-hitting for Lockett. Panik grounded out, third baseman Arenado to first baseman Murphy.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 6:
          Rockies sixth. Familia pitching. R.Rivera in as catcher. Hampson grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso. Butera singled to left. Tapia pinch-hitting for Senzatela. Tapia grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Butera out. Story walked on a full count, Tapia to second. Murphy grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Pazos pitching. Nimmo struck out. McNeil lined out to center fielder Hampson. Conforto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Rockies seventh. Arenado singled to left. Avilán pitching. Blackmon flied out to center fielder Nimmo. McMahon struck out. Sewald pitching. Desmond singled to center, Arenado to third. Hampson hit an infield single to second, Arenado scored, Desmond to second. Butera flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 3

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. Estévez pitching. Canó walked on four pitches. Alonso struck out. Davis struck out. Rosario grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman McMahon to shortstop Story, Canó out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Rockies eighth. Díaz pitching. Alonso pinch-hitting for Estévez. Alonso grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Story lined out to left fielder Davis. Murphy singled to left. Arenado doubled to right, Murphy scored. Arenado to third. Blackmon flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. J.Díaz pitching. Lowrie pinch-hitting for Díaz. Lowrie walked on four pitches. R.Rivera singled to center, Lowrie to second. Nimmo struck out. McNeil grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman McMahon to shortstop Story, Lowrie to third, R.Rivera out. Conforto lined out to left fielder Desmond.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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          • #6


            Senzaltela, Story Lead Rockies Over Mets 9-4


            by MICHAEL KELLY

            DENVER, CO -- Steven Matz doesn't regret the 401-foot home run by Trevor Story. The juicy sinker to pitcher Antonio Senzatela will stick with him.

            "I got ahead of him and I made a really bad pitch," Matz said. "That's what it boils down to."

            Senzatela hit a tying, two-run single that ended a year-long 0-for-44 slide at the plate, and Story followed three pitches later with a three-run homer to cap a six-run fourth inning. The Colorado Rockies beat the Mets 9-4 Monday night to drop New York five games back for the second NL wild card with 12 games to play.

            "We can't really think about that too much," Matz said. "We've been in a hole in the season before, and we've got to go and play our best baseball and let the standings take care of themselves."

            Brandon Nimmo, batting leadoff for the first time since May 17, opened the game with a home run off Senzatela (10-10). Starting their last road trip of the regular season, the Mets built a 4-1 lead on Jeff McNeil's two-run homer in the third that stopped an 0-for-13 slump and Amed Rosario's RBI double in the fourth.

            Matz, who allowed Ian Desmond's second-inning homer, needed 42 pitches to get through the fourth and dropped to 0-2 with a 10.15 ERA in three starts at Coors Field.

            Charlie Blackmon singled with one out, Ryan McMahon walked and Garrett Hampson hit an RBI single with two outs.

            No. 8 hitter Drew Butera walked to bring up Senzatela, who had not gotten a hit since a two-run single off San Francisco's Dereck Rodriguez on Sept. 16 last year. With the count 1-2, Senzatela lined a sinker into left field.

            "Just looking for something to hit, get a base hit," Senzatela said.

            Story followed with a drive into the left-field seats off Matz (10-9), who allowed seven runs, six hits and two walks in four innings.

            "A pitch out over the plate and he got a base hit," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "That kind of opened up the floodgates."

            Senzatela gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.

            "I felt really good with the breaking ball today," he said.

            Desmond made a nice leaping catch near the top of the left-field wall against Nimmo in the fifth.

            Hampson had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the seventh off Paul Sewald, and Nolan Arenado hit an RBI double in the eighth against Edwin Diaz.

            Mets rookie Pete Alonso ended a career-worst 0-for-21 slump with a fourth-inning single.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (right tricep tightness) could return before the end of the regular season, Callaway said. ... Callaway said INF Dominic Smith (right shoulder) is in Florida and will begin baseball activities soon.

            Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left groin strain) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. Freeland, out since Aug. 21, hopes to return this season.

            HOMER HAPPY

            Colorado has allowed 16 leadoff homers, tying the major league record set by the 2017 Seattle Mariners, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

            HITTING THE WALL

            Mets LF J.D. Davis ran into the wall after snaring Story's drive in the eighth inning. He lay on the ground and was looked at by a trainer but stayed in the game.

            Davis was surprised to see Alonso run over from first base to check on him.

            I asked him, `What are you doing out here?'" Davis said. "And he said, `I've got to check out the Sun Bear.' I said, `You're ridiculous, go back to first.' Sun Bear, I guess that's his new nickname for me."

            UP NEXT

            New York RHP Marcus Stroman (8-13, 3.35), making his ninth start since joining the Mets on July 28, will face Colorado RHP Tim Melville (2-2, 5.16) Tuesday night.

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