Mets in Tight Division Race
The New York Mets go for a second straight win when they host the Colorado Rockies in the second of a four-game weekend series on Friday night. New York took the series opener on Thursday, snapping a two-game losing streak and increasing its lead in the National League East to two games over the second-place Atlanta Braves.
Colorado has lost two straight games and is in last place in the NL West standings, trailing the fourth-place Arizona Diamondbacks by 3½ games. This should be another good game, so read our in-depth preview before you make any bet online.
Rockies Quieted in Opener
The Colorado Rockies were able to get some solid pitching in the series opener, but the offense was quieted New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom. Colorado had just six hits and scored one run in the contest, striking out a total of 14 times against four New York pitchers.
Third baseman Ryan McMahon accounted for the lone run for Colorado with a solo home run. McMahon is batting .248 with 19 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 58 RBIs, and 51 runs scored.
First baseman C.J. Cron was 0-for-3 in Thursday’s contest and is just 2-for-18 over his last five games. The All-Star is batting .266 with 26 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 83 RBIs and 65 runs scored.
Right-hander Chad Kuhl will get the start for the second game of the series, his first since spending time on the injured list with a hip injury. Kuhl is 6-7 with a 5.16 ERA in 20 starts, striking out 76 in 103 innings. He was roughed up in his last outing against the San Diego Padres on Aug. 3, allowing nine runs on eight hits over five innings while striking out four and walking three.
Mets Back on Track
After a pair of losses to the New York Yankees in a playoff-type atmosphere, the New York Mets got back to the business of winning the NL East by picking up a series-opening win over the Colorado Rockies. It was the 80th win of the season for New York and pushed the team’s lead in the division to two games over the Atlanta Braves.
“I think it’s important to win every game; whether you play the Yankees or the Rockies or the Phillies, it doesn’t matter,” Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said after Thursday’s win. “We need to do our job every single day, execute a plan, come up and play together as a team. We did a really good job of that tonight.”
Alonso did his part, hitting his 31st home run in the victory. Alonso is batting .272 with 23 doubles, 31 home runs, 104 RBIs and 72 runs scored.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor was 0-for-2 but drew two walks and drove in a run on a groundout in Thursday’s contest. Lindor is batting .271 with 17 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, 85 RBIs and 80 runs scored.
The Mets will have right-hander Chris Bassitt on the mound on Friday night. Bassitt is 11-7 with a 3.26 ERA over 23 starts, striking out 138 in 141 innings. Bassitt is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four August starts, allowing just two earned runs over 26 innings.
Rockies vs Mets Head-To-Head
The New York Mets can clinch the season series with a win on Friday. They currently lead 3-1 after Thursday’s victory. The Mets also won won the season series in 2019 and 2021 (the teams didn’t play in 2020).
New York improved to 6-2 at Citi Field against the visiting Rockies since the beginning of the 2019 campaign. The MLB lines for Friday are favoring the Mets to continue that success with another victory.
Rockies vs Mets Game Information
- Game: Rockies (54-72) vs Mets (80-46)
- Location: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
- Day/Time: Friday, Aug. 26, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Rockies vs Mets Live stream: MLB.tv
Rockies vs Mets Betting Lines
C. Kuhl -R
|+1½ +130||+280||8-125o||2½ -120o
|New York Mets
C. Bassitt -R
|+1½ +130||-340||8+105u||4½ -140o
Rockies vs Mets Prediction
The New York Mets just have too much solid pitching for an inconsistent Colorado Rockies lineup to have success against. Look for another outstanding performance from Bassitt as the Mets cruise to a victory.
When making your MLB picks, take New York to win at home.