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Rockies' Bettis looks for first home win vs. Mets
New York Mets at Colorado Rockies
- The Mets were swept by the Rockies in their first series of 2018, and have gone 4-12 (.250) versus Colorado since 2016. The Rockies' 12-4 (.750) record against the Mets since 2016 is their best versus any NL opponent
- The Mets are hitting an MLB-worst .163 in June and have scored an MLB-low 30 runs. Their 2.14 runs per game average would be a franchise record for lowest scoring average in June all-time; their previous low was 2.5 runs per game in June 1965.
- The Rockies are hitting .276 as a team in June, second-highest in MLB. Still, they have gone just 4-11 as their pitching staff is allowing a .903 opponent OPS in June, highest in MLB.
- Through 14 starts this year, Jacob deGrom has a 1.55 ERA, the second-best mark by a Met all-time through as many starts; there have been four other Mets with a sub-2.00 ERA through 14 starts: Jerry Koosman (twice), Al Leiter, Dwight Gooden, and Tom Seaver (twice).
- Tyler Anderson has posted back-to-back quality starts for the first time since early-April, throwing a combined 14.0 innings and allowing just three runs with 11 strikeouts in his last two starts. He made just one career start against the Mets in his 2016 rookie campaign, throwing 6.0 innings of one-run ball to go along with five strikeouts.
- In his last nine games, Trevor Story is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with a 1.308 OPS, nine runs scored, nine extra-base hits and 13 RBI. In the National League this season, only Story, Paul Goldschmidt, and Javier Baez have reached these totals in a nine-game span (runs, XBH, RBI).
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DENVER -- When he starts Wednesday against the New York Mets, Chad Bettis will try to build off his last game for the Colorado Rockies, one that included a deceptively bad pitching line that masked an abrupt turnaround.
On Friday at Texas, Bettis (5-1, 4.65) gave up five runs in the first inning, including two two-run homers on badly located breaking pitches. But Bettis went on to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless innings, a span in which he allowed two singles and retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced with six strikeouts.
The Rockies erupted for six runs in the second and went on to win 9-5 and give Bettis his first victory after six straight no-decisions. He had not won since May 5 at Citi Field when he worked seven scoreless innings against the Mets.
"It didn't surprise me what he did (against the Rangers) because he's tenacious," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He doesn't back down. He doesn't quit. And I think he knew there was a long way to go. I think it naturally energized him when we got six runs in the top of the next inning."
Before that uprising, Black said Bettis could have caved in and accepted that it wasn't his night.
"The good ones don't let that happen," Black said. "He knew that there were four or five more innings for him to stay out there, especially in that American League game. That showed me a lot that he put up zeros for 4 2/3 (innings)."
Bettis, who is 1-0, 4.05 in three starts against the Mets, will be trying to finally win at Coors Field this year where he is 0-0, 7.76 in six starts. He will take the mound after the Rockies beat the Mets 10-8 Tuesday night to even the four-game series and break an eight-game losing streak at Coors Field. The win was just the fifth in 18 games for the Rockies, who are 12-20 at Coors Field, where they have typically dominated.
"Overall we haven't pitched well here for whatever reason," Black said. "We got to do that. We got to make pitches. It doesn't matter where we play, we got to pitch well. And what's happening here at home is the other team is making better pitches than us over the course of 150, 180 pitches."
Bettis will be opposed by Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.49), who will be making his Coors Field debut and is 1-1, 3.00 in three starts this season with one walk and 18 strikeouts in 15 innings. Lugo is 1-0, 3.55 in three games, including one start, against the Rockies.
The Mets' three-game winning streak ended Tuesday as they lost for the 13th time in 17 games and fell to 14-30 since May 1.
The Mets put outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday with right hip soreness after he missed a fourth start in five days and sent him back to New York for an MRI. Dominic Smith, a first baseman by trade, played left field Tuesday, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Smith, who began playing the outfield last month for Triple-A Las Vegas and entered Friday's game in Arizona as the left fielder, would receive work at that position as the Mets go with four outfielders.
To replace Bruce, they recalled Tim Peterson, wanting an extra reliever with three games left in the series at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Peterson threw 19 pitches in two perfect innings Tuesday. The Mets will re-evaluate their roster before beginning a Friday series at home with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Mets outfield corps now includes Smith and Jose Bautista along with regulars Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto. Callaway said Wilmer Flores, who has had outfield experience, would stay at first base, leaving Smith and Bautista as the primary options in left field.
"We won't hesitate to put Dom out there like we did today," Callaway said, "but Bautista, who has been having great at-bats and playing pretty well in the outfield for us will get some playing time as well."
Updated June 20, 2018