Vegas Play of the Day: Rockies at Mets

Doug Mendoza
July 17, 2017

Before the game, Collins said his goal leaving the All-Star break was to win 51 of 76 games, giving the Mets 90 victories for the season. But much like in that series, pretty much anything could happen in any given episode ... or game. Those are essentially the "Who is Jon Snow's mother?" of these Colorado Rockies. He's registered 130 strikeouts on the season in just 110 innings pitched - one of the key stats I use in handicapping baseball.

Nolan Arenado's three-run home run was the big blow against Steven Matz. DJ LeMahieu, who had four hits on the day, scored his third run of the game in the fourth inning on a Mark Reynolds single. They got three of them. Parra appeared to injure his shoulder colliding with first baseman Lucas Duda but stayed in the game.

Steven Matz reached the dugout, jumped up on the bench and sat quietly with his elbows on his knees. The ball hit above the orange line in center field and should have been ruled a home run. But just as quickly, they found themselves hopelessly out of the series finale, falling behind 9-0.

While the Mets continued to chip away at Colorado's lead courtesy of a two-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth and a seventh inning sac fly by Jose Reyes, they never got closer than three runs.

Gerardo Parra capped the scoring for the Rockies in the top of the eighth with a fence-clearing two-run shot off of Mets reliever Neil Ramirez.

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While you can't necessarily blame Curtis Granderson for his initial reaction-he clearly thought it was a home run-that he slowly jogged after the ball while Blackmon was sprinting around the bases and make a lackadaisical throw is inexcusable. Ian Desmond's flare single to right brought home the first two runs of the day in the first inning. Off to an excellent start, they moved within 8 1/2 games of Colorado (six in the loss column) for the final NL playoff spot.

Colorado are 2-12 in their last 14 road games and the under is 10-2-1 in Colorado last 13 overall while the under is 10-2-1 in Colorado last 13 on grass.

Seth Lugo tossed 6 2/3 solid innings Saturday night and helped his own cause by homering in the third inning as the New York Mets cruised to a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Parra is up to.337 and Arenado's three RBI put him back in first place in all of Major League Baseball. They have seven more contests remaining in this season-deciding home stand.

Hoffman (6-1) didn't have a 1-2-3 inning but wriggled out of trouble in each of the first three frames, when NY put the leadoff runner on each time yet didn't score.

On Friday, deGrom allowed an unearned run in the first and then coasted through the remainder of the game. The over has been a great bet in Mets games this season and I expect that trend to play out again today.

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