Tyler Chatwood spun seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win over the Mets on Friday.
Perhaps Chatwood should change his nickname to Hawk or Animal, because he’s a Road Warrior. While he walked four batters, the only damage came on a solo homer from James Loney in the second inning. He now owns a 1.30 ERA through nine starts on the road this season. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t been nearly as effective at home, where he has a 5.69 ERA in 10 starts. He gets the Dodgers at Coors Field next week.
Steven Matz took the loss Friday against the Rockies after giving up two runs over six innings.
Things could have been worse, as Matz gave up a season-high 10 hits while also walking a batter, but he managed to avoid the big inning. But the Mets couldn’t get anything going against Tyler Chatwood and an RBI single from Nick Hundley in the sixth put him in line for the loss. Matz hasn’t been the same since the bone spur in his elbow surfaced, but he continues to hang in there for now. He’ll bring a 3.35 ERA into the Subway Series against the Yankees next week.
Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Friday’s victory over the Mets.
CarGo got the Rockies on the board with an RBI double in the first inning before slugging a long three-run blast (an estimated 448 feet) in the ninth inning to put the game out of reach. He has now hit safely in 11 straight games, though this was his first multi-hit game since July 18. He’s hitting .317/.369/.549 through 99 games on the year to go along with 21 homers and 66 RBI. Trade chatter has been quiet in recent days with the Rockies playing well.
Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Mets on Friday.
Reynolds gave the Rockies some insurance in the eighth with a rocket to left off Erik Goeddel. He’s now up to 11 homers on the year. The veteran slugger has surprised with a .274/.350/.445 batting line through 94 games this season, though he has unsurprisingly done most of his damage at Coors Field.
James Loney was 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Rockies.
His solo blast off Tyler Chatwood in the second inning was the only offense the Mets could muster on Friday. As disappointing as New York’s offense has been this season, you can’t blame Loney. The 32-year-old is batting .288/.340/.451 with six homers and 21 RBI through 50 games.
Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Cespedes was held out of Thursday’s lineup due to renewed soreness in his quad, but he felt well enough to give it a go on Friday. It’s a lingering issue, but the struggling Mets need his bat in the worst way right now.
Vincent Velasquez pitched well in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six frames.
The hard-throwing right-hander walked two and struck out five. With scouts and talent evaluators from many clubs on hand, Velasquez didn't do anything to hurt his trade stock. He sits at 8-3 on the season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 108/36 K/BB ratio over 97 2/3 innings. Should he remain with the Phillies, his next start will come on Thursday against the Giants.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Rangers and Phillies are "pretty deep" in trade talks involving right-hander Vincent Velasquez.
Salisbury notes that the Rangers have also expressed interest in Jeremy Hellickson, though he appears to be a fallback option if they can't obtain Velasquez. The Rangers had several scouts on hand Friday, watching Velasquez pitch well in a loss to the Braves.