The New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies faced off at Citi Field this week for a four-game series. The two teams squared off in April, the Mets winning that series 2-1. A month later, the final outcome of this week’s series produced a victorious New York again, the series ending 3-1 in the Mets favor. The Mets now have a record of 23-20 and are first in the NL East. Colorado has a record of 19-31 and is fourth in the NL West.
Game 1: The Rockies Win 3-2
David Peterson starts as a pitcher for the Mets, and Austin Gomber starts for the Rockies. This game resulted in the best career start for Gomber throwing 103 pitches, including 8 strikeouts, before being relieved by Carlos Estevez.
Ryan McMahon opened the scoring for Colorado with a home run over to the right field, putting the Rockies ahead 1-0. Elias Diaz then followed with another homer to left field. Colorado led the Mets 2-0 at the top of the second. In the fourth, Garrett Hampson hit a ball directly to the outfield, which had Albert Almora charging towards the wall. Almora was injured, and the play was utterly slowed down. Colorado was able to capitalize and gain another run.
The Mets effort for a comeback was simply not enough. James McCann hit his second home run as a Met in the bottom of the seventh. Following McCann, Brandon Drury recorded his first home run as a Met and cut the Rockies lead down to one in the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately, the Mets were unable to get another run on the board. Colorado won the first game of the series 3-2.
Game 2: The Mets Win 3-1
Jacob deGrom took the mound for New York for the first time in over 2 weeks. Kyle Freeland started for Colorado, making his 2021 season debut. Needless to say, the two pitchers were in a similar situation taking the mound. Freeland got off to a shaky start. In the bottom of the first, two Mets were in scoring position when McCann stepped up to the plate. At a 2-2 count, McCann hit an RBI to get Jonathan Villar home. The Mets led the Rockies 1-0 in the bottom of the first.
Colorado wastes no time trailing. Ryan McMahon hits a homer in the top of the second, tying the game. However, Tomas Nido hit a two-run homer that sealed the game away. The Mets beat the Rockies 3-1.
Jacob Degrom should be acknowledged for his fantastic return to the field. The pitcher had 9 strikeouts and even produced some offensive power.
Game 3: The Mets Win 1-0
While certainly not the most exciting game in baseball, the Mets were able to achieve a 1-0 lead over the Rockies. Marcus Stroman pitched for the Mets, while German Marquez took the mound for Colorado.
Both defenses were on their toes. The Rockies executed well-coordinated plays including a double play in the bottom of the first. The Mets retaliated with equal strength. Immediately following, Francisco Lindor makes a diving play to get the out at second. The continuous organization of the defense, in addition to exceptional pitching, lead to a low-scoring game. Jose Peraza broke the ice with a home run out to the center field, becoming the only scorer for this game.
Game 4: The Mets Win 4-2
Most significantly, Billy McKinney proved to be a successful acquisition following the recent trade. McKinney grounded into a 4-6-3 in the first, allowing Villar to score. Later, he hit a double, marking his first hit as a New York Met. Jose Peraza singled which brought McKinney home, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies were unable to finish this game with adequate pitching. The final two scorers for the Mets resulted from walks. The Mets would finish this game with a 4-2 lead, marking the end of this series.
The Mets will face the Atlanta Braves tomorrow night at Citi Field. New York won two of their last 3 games facing the Braves. The Rockies will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates tomorrow night. The Pirates are fifth in the NL Central and are 18-31.