Game 1 Preview: Mets at Rockies, 8:40 PM

STARTING PITCHERS
Chris Capuano (2-3, 5.40 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 2.67 K/BB): Even though Capuano has pitched better as of late, he’s still been hittable. Very hittable. The southpaw has allowed an astounding 11.9 hits/9 innings in 2011. While his control has been good (2.6 BB/9), too many batters have still be crossing home plate. Once Cappy cuts down on the walks, he might once again become a reliable Major League starter. (Career vs. Rockies: .238/.303/.360 line with a 3.79 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB)

Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.85 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 2.46 K/BB): Many people (including myself) thought that Chacin would regress from his 2010 production (3.28 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 2.46 K/BB). On the contrary, the young righty has actually been even better in 2011 than he was last season. His control has improved (from 4.0 BB/9 to 2.9 BB/9), but at the expense of his strikeout rate (from 9.0 K/9 to 7.0 K/9). The only really troublesome peripheral is the spike in Chacin’s homeruns allowed (from 0.7 HR/9 to 1.3 HR/9). Overall, Chacin is looking like a very promising, young pitcher. (Career vs. Mets: .333/.500/.333 line with a 0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB)

BATTING LINEUP

Rockies: TBD…

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