The Mets continue their west coast swing this weekend, visiting the Colorado Rockies, while the Yankees play host to the AL-leading White Sox.
The Mets will try and make it 12 straight wins against the Rockies when Matt Harvey gets the ball on Friday. It’s been a shaky season so far for “The Dark Knight,” but he’s coming off his best start of the year where he allowed two runs on only four hits to the Padres on Mother’s Day. Rockies hitters have been baffled by Harvey in the past, putting up a collective .148 batting average against (54 ABs).
Countering for Colorado is Jon Gray, who has been completely ineffective in hitter-friendly Coors Field in seven career starts, allowing the opposition to bat a robust .394. Look for Yoenis Cespedes to continue his success against the Oklahoma product (a double, a home run and four RBIs in five ABs).
Logan Verrett may make a spot start over Steven Matz (elbow inflammation) for the Mets on Saturday. Last August, Verrett allowed just one run to the Rockies in Coors Field while spot-starting for Harvey.
Responding for the Rockies is Eddie Butler, who was knocked around to the tune of six runs on seven hits in his lone start against the Mets last season.
Jacob deGrom takes the mound in Sunday’s finale, and he has silenced Colorado’s potent bats in the past. Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Mark Reynolds have all failed to record a hit against deGrom (17 ABs), while Nolan Arenado is just 1-for-6 lifetime.
Tyler Chatwood goes for Colorado, and he recently had a 16.1 inning scoreless streak snapped in a shaky outing against the Diamondbacks last Monday.
Yankees - White Sox
Friday the 13th could prove very unlucky for the Yankees as Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA) is slated to take the hill against them. Sale is 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA in six career starts against the Bombers, and Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley are the only Yankees to record a home run against Sale.
Luis Severino, who has gotten off a dreadful start (0-5, 6.12 ERA), will be Sale’s opposite number. Severino shut down a disinterested Chicago squad last September, but with tape of him to study, the White Sox offense may be tough to stop this time around.
The Yankees will see another southpaw in Jose Quintana on Saturday, and he has a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts (21.0 IP). As a team the Yankees have hit a collective .115 against the Colombia native and that includes an 0-for-11 mark posted by Starlin Castro.
Ivan Nova will make his second start of the season, and while he couldn’t get through five innings for a decision on Monday, he held the fort against Kansas City while the Yankees slugged their way to a win. Nova has a 0.75 ERA at home in 12.0 IP this year.
The series wraps up on Sunday as Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball for the Bombers against Miguel Gonzalez. Former Blue Jays Brett Lawrie and Dioner Navarro have seen Tanaka plenty of times in the past, but haven’t been able to solve him; they are 4-for-25 combined against Tanaka. Despite a rough outing on Tuesday, Tanaka is still carrying a solid 3.11 ERA.
Gonzalez, who was a member of the Orioles the last four seasons, has made 12 career starts against the Yankees, and is 3-4 with a 4.03 ERA in those starts.