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Monday, April 11, 2011

Series Preview Mets vs Rockies

New York Mets (4-5) 3rd place vs Colorado Rockies (6-2) 1st place. The Rockies have played the Diamondbacks, Dodgers and the Pirates, and enter Citi Field having won 6 out of their last 7 games. The Rockies have historically struggled when playing the Mets in both Shea Stadium and Citi Field (22-51 record, including 2-5 at Citi).

The Mets are fortunate to miss U Jimenez and J Chacin, 2 of the Rockies best 3 pitchers in this series, but the Rockies still will throw a couple solid pitchers (there is a discrepancy between mets.com and ESPN New York's starting pitchers, and rockies.com doesn't list their probable pitchers).

The Rockies offense is led by Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, two pre-season NL MVP candidates, along with a solid supporting cast of T Helton, S Smith, D Fowler. Ian Stewart, who was slated to be a starting infielder, didn't start last series because of "flu-like symptoms" (and missed time in the spring with a knee injury), is 0-12 and has yet to reach base.

My Series Prediction: Although the Mets will miss Jimenez and Chacin, the Rockies are still a good team and the Mets will be lucky to get a split in this 4-game series.

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