Tyler Chatwood hasn’t given up more than 2 earned runs since his 2013 debut on April 24th. That’s an ERA of 1.63 in his last 7 starts. He is 1-3 in his last four starts, but not because of pitching. In those three losses he only gave up four runs in 16 innings. The team lost 3-6, 0-3 and 1-2 in each of those games, making it all but impossible for Chatwood to take the win.
Hopefully with the team limping home after an atrocious road-trip that started and ended with being swept, they will remember what their true strength is and how to use it at home. For a team that is known first for having sub-par pitching and then for having Tulo, the Rockies have a chance to get behind one of their best pitchers this afternoon and really stick it to the Mets.
One bright spot during their road trip, besides Cuddy’s herculean efforts in attempting to put the team on his back (and failing), was the call-up of Corey Dickerson. Dickerson has showing with his at-bats that he is looking to either hit, or wear out the pitcher trying. His plate approach is refreshing for a club known more for fence swinging than going with where it was thrown.
Dickerson will start in center and will bat lead-off in place of Dexter Folwer. Fowler is still sore and will have an MRI to make sure it isn’t serious.
The Rockies will also welcome back EYj in his role as Mets leadoff guy and left fielder. There was a great article on EYj and how he could possibly be a “piece of the future” for the Mets. One things for sure: he is hitting MUCH better with the Mets than he did for the Rockies. He has a .414 average with an on-base percentage of .469 in his seven games as a Met. That would be seven straight games from June 19th that he not only played in, but started. His average is over 32 plate appearances. Not a huge sample, but then again, his previous seven games with the Rockies saw him get 28 plate appearances and he hit .174 with a .208 OBP. Certainly not the same player with Mets pinstripes that he was in Colorado purple.
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