The New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies will face off for the first time since 2013 in an abbreviated two-game interleague set from Coors Field.Following an uplifting 5-2 home stand and a well-deserved day off, the New York Yankees are back on the road again. An aging team coming off a stretch of 20 games in a row and 40 games in 41 days desperately needed the travel day.
However, it is back to business in the Mile High City. The two losses to cap off an otherwise successful Yankee Stadium swing dropped New York below .500 once again at 31-32.
The Rockies have won four of their last five games, two of those coming against the Dodgers and Pirates. Most recently, they took the final two games of a home weekend set with the Padres to come out victorious in the series.
Putting the season into perspective, Colorado has overperformed in a division that was supposed to feature a far better Arizona team. Although they still set three games below .500, they are well within striking distance (4.5 GB) of a playoff spot. With that said, there have been positives no matter which way you slice it.
In fact, their season can be viewed comparatively to the Yankees in that they have been up and down.
The strength of the Rockies, as has become a normality, is their powerful offense. They rank fifth in baseball in runs (315) and third in batting average (.270). When you are playing at Coors Field, everything is a go. Between the altitude and the hitter-friendly nature of the park, slugfests are extremely common.
That would speak to Colorado’s team ERA (4.85) which ranks 28th out of the 30 teams in the league.
Those factors should certainly produce an interesting abbreviated two game set that will be replicated next week at Yankee Stadium. Here is everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s first pitch.