New York Yankees (31-33) at Colorado Rockies (31-33)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm (Coors Field)
I Nova (5-3) (4.39) vs. C Bettis (4-5) (5.85)
The New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies enter this series in a very similar place. Both teams are under .500 and hoping to beat up on another team beneath .500 to try and maintain a dream of contention. Both teams are rumored to be sellers at the deadline currently, but a hot stretch of games catapulting them back into contention could change things.
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The Yankees have struggled to win on the road of late, losing six of eight away from the Bronx. But they’re 6-1 in their last seven games versus an opponent with a losing record, are 12-3 in their last 15 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, and are 8-2 in their last 10 road games versus an opponent with a losing record.
After winning five in a row the Yankees have lost three straight following a 13-10 loss at Coors Field Tuesday. Yanks starter Nathan Eovaldi was charged with six runs on eight hits over four frames before three relievers allowed seven. The Bronx Bombers amassed 16 hits and three BB with Didi Gregorius going 2-4 with two runs and three RBI’s while Jacoby Ellsbury and Starlin Castro knocked in two apiece. Ivan Nova is charged with controlling the Rockies offense in Wednesday night’s start. Nova comes off a 6-3 win versus the Angels where he allowed all three runs on six hits over 6.2 innings.
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The Rockies are playing well, winning five of their last six games overall and four of their last five home games. They’re also 5-1 in their last six games versus a right-handed starter, are 4-1 in their last five games versus a team with a losing record, and are 4-1 in their last five home games versus an opponent with a losing road record.
The Colorado Rockies are trying to reach .500 and then see if they can make a run in the National League West. The surging Rockies have now won seven of nine behind some big offense although the pen almost gave it away. Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa tossed five scoreless innings before Gonzalez Germen, Justin Miller and Miguel Castro allowed all ten runs. The Rockies racked up 15 hits and walked five times with Ryan Raburn went solo while Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor story each went long and combined for seven RBI’s. Daniel Descalso and DL LeMahieu knocked in two apiece as every starter reached base. Chad Bettis gets Wednesday’s start against the Yankees who he will see for the first time in his career. Bettis did not get a decision in an 11-5 win versus Pittsburgh last time out with four earned runs scored on seven hits in three frames.
Yankees RH Iván Nova (5-3, 4.39 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Chad Bettis (4-5, 5.85) Nova won his second straight start by holding the Los Angeles Angels to three runs over 6 1/3 innings in his last outing – the first time he has yielded fewer than four runs over his last four turns. Although Nova has been able to curb the number of walks allowed, he has surrendered at least one homer in each of his last seven starts and eight total in that span. Nova has been shaky away from home, logging a 2-2 record and 6.00 ERA in six appearances (three starts).Bettis is mired in an ugly four-start winless drought, although he escaped with a no-decision last time out despite allowing five runs (four earned) over three innings against Pittsburgh. Like Nova, Bettis is having trouble keeping the ball in the park as he’s yielded six homers and allowed 22 runs over 16 1/3 innings in his last four turns. Pitching at hitter-friendly Coors Field is another detriment for Bettis, who is allowing opposing hitters to bat .327 in five home starts.
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