After some ugly weather on Thursday, the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies link up for a doubleheader to complete their four-game series. The Rockies took game one, and the Mets took game two, with each win featuring a stellar pitching performance. Game one of the DH starts at 12:10 p.m. ET and game two starts shortly after.
Both teams are searching for offense as all the winners in the first two games needed were three runs. The Rockies are notoriously known for their horrible home/road splits, but they took it to a whole never level this year. They are hitting .203 with 12 home runs and a .303 slugging percentage, all the worst road numbers in MLB. Tuesday’s Mets lineup only had two people hitting over .250, and one of them was Jacob deGrom. Billy McKinney makes his Mets debut and is thrust into the four spot in the order.
Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Mets and looks to put together back-to-back good starts for the second time all year. Stroman’s first three starts gave him a terrific 0.90 ERA. He has a 3.90 ERA in his last six starts with some up and down outings. His best start of the season came against the Rockies at Coors Field, where he held them to one run in eight innings.
German Marquez makes his second start against the Mets in 2021, with his first also coming during a doubleheader. He pitched all seven innings and held the Mets to just two runs. The month of May has not brought the same success he had earlier in the season. Marquez has a 5.95 ERA and an uncharacteristic 11 in 19.2 May innings.
Joey Lucchesi gets his fifth start of the season and hopes to replicate the success from his last outing. Lucchesi struck out eight in four innings but was yanked after just 43 pitches. If he is in another groove, the Mets may be inclined to let his pitch count elevate. The Rockies gave Lucchesi trouble at Coors Field when he allowed three runs in the same amount of innings.
Antonio Senzatela will pitch for the Rockies, and his season has been filled with inconsistency. He has been better over his last two starts allowing one run against the Reds and two against the Diamondbacks. Senzatela was great when he faced the Mets earlier this season, pitching six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), and striking out four in a loss.
Matchups To Lookout For
German Marquez vs. Jonathan Villar: 4-for-10 (.400), 2 Doubles, Strikeout
German Marquez vs. Brandon Drury: 3-for-16 (.188), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 2 Strikeouts
Marcus Stroman vs. Trevor Story: 3-for-9 (.333), Double
Antonio Senzatela vs. Francisco Lindor: 1-for-9 (.111), Home Run, 2 Strikeouts
Joey Lucchesi vs. Garrett Hampson: 5-for-15 (.333), Double, Home Run, 3 Strikeouts