Colorado will play the first game of this 4-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets. This is also the first game on a 7-day, 7-game road trip at NYM (8/20-23) and at CHC (8/24-26). The Rockies are coming off a 5-2 homestand vs. MIL (3-0, 8/13-15) and vs. MIA (2-2, 8/16-19). Colorado earned a series split in the 4-game series vs. MIA yesterday by taking the final game of the set 3-2. Colorado scored all three runs in the 4th inning on an RBI double from Dexter Fowler and a 2-run home run from Jordan Pacheco. The Rockies are 3-3 on the road in August. Today’s game is Colorado’s 11th contest on a 20-game stretch without an off day that spans from 8/10-29 (6-4). This is the second of three 20-game stretches without an off day that Colorado has on their 2012 schedule. The third stretch is from 9/14-10/3 (last day of regular season). The Rockies have just two more off days (8/30 and 9/13) the remainder of the season.
• 23-year-old right-hander Alex White will make his 15th start of the season for the Rockies tonight. This will be White’s first career start against the Mets. He owns a 3.63 ERA (17.1 ip, 7 er) in four starts since returning the Major Leagues on 8/2.
• 2012 All-Star right-hander R.A. Dickey will make his 25th start of the season for the Mets. This will be his second career start against the Rockies. He took the loss on 4/14 vs. COL at Citi Field (6.1 ip, 8 h, 5 er, 4 bb, 4 so).
This is the second of two series between the Rockies and Mets in 2012. New York took a 3-game series at Coors Field 2-games-14/27-29. This is the Rockies first series at Citi Field since sweeping a 4-game series at the Mets home 4/11-14/11. Colorado is 6-5 all-time at Citi Field, and 26-51 all-time in New York against the Mets. The Rockies dropped each of the first three games the club played at Citi Field in 2009 before winning six of the last eight games at this park.
The Rockies offense is currently in a productive stretch that stretches throughout the month of August. In August, the Rockies have a team batting line of: .310 average (189-for-610), 43 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, 86 RBI and 90 runs scored. Colorado’s .310 average is by far the highest mark among NL teams this month, .018 points higher than second place San Francisco.
Pacheco had the big hit for the Rockies in yesterday’s 3-2 victory. In the 4th inning with the Rockies trailing 2-1, he connected on a 2-run home run to left off Josh Johnson. The home run was Pacheco’s first since 5/17 vs. ARI, snapping a 279-at bat homerless streak. Despite the homer draught, Pacheco continues to lead all NL rookies with his .312 batting average this season. In fact, only the Angels Mike Trout (.343) has a higher batting average among Major League rookies than Pacheco’s .312 mark.
Fowler has been a catalyst in the Rockies offensive surge, and he continued his production yesterday by going 2-for-2 with 2 walks, a double, an RBI and a run. Yesterday was Fowler’s seventh multi-hit game in his last nine games, since 8/8 at LAD. Fowler now owns an .886 OPS (.387 OBP, .499 SLG) this season, which ranks 9th in the NL. Fowler is one of just seven center fielders in the Majors with an OPS over .800, and his .886 OPS is second among NL center fielders (Andrew McCutchen – 1.012). Since the All-Star break, Fowler is batting .308 (36-for-117) and has scored 21 runs in 30 games. Fowler has now scored 72 runs in Post All-Star break games over the last two seasons, which ranks 4th among NL players. He is a career .282 hitter Post All-Star break in his career, compared to a .260 career mark prior to the break.