The Rockies are in line to sweep the Mets at Citi Field for the second time in just over a year. Both were four game series, but the players in each are vastly different. In the 2011 April sweep of the Mets, Tulo was the hero with four home runs in the four games. This time the stars are players that weren’t even with the team: Colvin, Rosario, Rutledge, etc.. The only player making a statement in both series would be Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera, who had a three run home run in the 2011 series and several key hits during this one.
The Rockies have been playing really well, despite losing multiple players to injury. Dexter Fowler was the latest to go down, spraining his ankle at second base. X-Rays were negative and the team is playing it day to day with him.
With last night’s win, the Rockies have now won another series and are 3-1-1 over the past five.
22-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will make his fifth start of 2012 for the Rockies…Chatwood is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA (18.1 ip, 8 er) in his four starts since being recalled on 8/5…this is his 2nd career start at Citi Field against the Mets (6/19/11 at NYM – 7.0 ip, 4 h, 0 er).
Facing him will be 25-year-old right-hander Collin McHugh, who will make his major League debut in today’s game. McHugh will be pitching in place of Mets ace Johan Santana. Santana was placed on the 15-day DL with back problems that have been plaguing him all season. McHugh was an 18th round pick and posted a 2.88 ERA over 12 starts in Double-A and Triple-A. Over five seasons in the minors he has struck out 520 batters in 521 innings.
Game time is at 11:10 and will not be televised. You can hear the game on 850 KOA.
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