The New York Mets head west to open a four game series against the Colorado Rockies. More than a few people have speculated as to why schedule-makers would have the Mets play their only road series in Minnesota and Colorado during the frigid month of April. With a snow induced cancellation on Sunday, the Mets will have to stop in Minnesota on an off day in August on their way to a series out west. The weather forecast for Colorado looks just as menacing with rain, snow and temperatures dipping down into the teens. These conditions normally aren’t conducive to offensive success but if baseball is played in Denver, fantasy baseball owners should keep an eye on it.
Low temperatures are usually the culprit in early season slumps. However, the Mets and Rockies have been the exception so far in 2013; both are top five in runs scored after beginning the season in primarily cold conditions.
It’s customary to see balls fly in the thin air at Coors Field and with the shortage of talent on the mound in this series we should be anticipating an onslaught of offense. The Mets are in the top third of the league in team ERA but that is entirely due to the performances of Matt Harvey and Jonathon Niese. The backend of their rotation has been lousy with a combined 0-4 and 6.59 ERA. To the delight of the Rockies, New York will be sending Dillon Gee, Aaron Laffey and Jeremy Hefner in the opening three games.
The Colorado rotation doesn’t exactly strike fear into opponents either and a hot Mets lineup should be able to take advantage. The weather is definitely far from ideal but all other indications point to this being a high-scoring series.
Be sure to monitor the situation for any cancellations but these players should be top-end fantasy players this week. Expect the hot starts from Dexter Fowler, Wilin Rosario and John Buck to continue while players like Michael Cuddyer, Josh Rutledge, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis should be serviceable plays as well.