4/11-4/15: Previewing the Colorado Rockies

I’m thinking about doing one of these for each series the Mets play this season. They’ll probably evolve, but I find them helpful to write — are they helpful to read? What do you want to know about the teams the Mets are playing? Let me know in the comments or via email. All about the Rockies after the jump:

Record: 6-2, 1st place NL West
Manager: Jim Tracy

Lineup:
CF – Dexter Fowler
2B – Jonathan Herrera
LF – Carlos Gonzalez
SS – Troy Tulowitzki
RF – Seth Smith
3B – Jose Lopez
1B – Ty Wigginton
C – Chris Iannetta

Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrera can each get on base (sort of) and run (kind of) at the top of the lineup, but their numbers are heavily inflated by Coors Field. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are the young stars to watch — they’re two of the best players in baseball, and Tulo is rocking some kind of mullet thing on his head. The lefthanded hitting Smith hits righties (.875 OPS), but struggles against southpaws (.612 OPS), so he may not start against the Mets’ lefties Jon Niese and Chris Capuano. Jose Lopez, who was signed as a free agent over the offseason, is a poor hitter who runs into a pitch on occasion, but can handle both second and third. He shifts over to third with Todd Helton out, while familiar face Ty Wigginton moves over to first. Wiggy has started six of the Rockies’ first eight games playing third, first, and left. The catcher Chris Iannetta managed to hit .197 playing his home games at Coors Field last year, so the Rockies continue to wait for him to figure it out.

Rotation:
RHP – Jason Hammel
RHP – Esmil Rogers
RHP – Greg Reynolds
RHP – Jhoulys Chacin
LHP – Jorge de la Rosa

Colorado’s best pitcher, Ubaldo Jiminez, and their long time starter Aaron Cook are both on the disabled list. The Mets will also miss Jorge de la Rosa this series, meaning they catch the real back end of the Rockies’ rotation. Game 1 starter Jason Hammel has pitched well for the past two seasons, though his 4.61 ERA is almost a run higher than his 3.71 FIP. Then it gets ugly for Games 2 and 3: Esmil Rogers has a 6.58 ERA over two seasons in Triple-A and a 5.62 ERA in the majors, and Greg Reynolds is a tall righthander who doesn’t strike anyone out; he spent last season in Double-A and posted a 5.22 ERA. On the other hand, Game 4 starter, the 23-year-old Jhoulys Chacin, put up a 2.98 ERA in 21 starts last season. So he might be kind of good.

Bench:
C – Jose Morales
1B – Jason Giambi
1B – Todd Helton
IF– Ian Stewart
OF – Ryan Spilborghs

Todd Helton has some kind of back issue, but should slot back into the lineup sometime this series. Jason Giambi provides lefthanded power from the bench, and the Rockies actually let him start at first base every once in a while. Sometimes third baseman Ian “Boogie with Stu” Stewart has been battling flu-like symptoms for a few days, which suggests that his flu-like symptoms are a result of him actually being sick, and not just being hung over. He should be better for this series. Expect the righthanded hitting Ryan Spilbourgs to get starts against the Mets’ lefty pitchers, giving Seth Smith a break.

Bullpen:
RHP – Huston Street
RHP – Rafael Betancourt
RHP – Matt Belisle
RHP – Matt Lindstrom
RHP – Felipe Paulino
LHP – Matt Reynolds
LHP – Franklin Morales

It’s a righthanded heavy group. Huston Street closes and causes confusion between the pronunciation of his name,  “Houston Street” in New York, and the city in Texas. Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle set up, while the hard throwing Matt Lindstrom attempts to resurrect himself after two straight poor seasons pitching for Florida and Houston. Felipe Paulino is the longman after a season starting for the Astros. Matt Reynolds and Franklin Morales are both homegrown lefty specialists, though the younger Reynolds might have the ability to get righties out as well — Morales struggles too much with his control to be effective against both.

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