Verrett will be making his third start of the season. In his previous two, he pitched back-to-back scoreless six-inning starts against Miami (April 13) and Philadelphia (April 19). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Verrett is the first pitcher ever with two relief wins and two scoreless starts of at least six innings before the end of April.
Here’s the lineup behind him:
Curtis Granderson – RF: Batting .171 (6-for-35) on the trip and is 9-for-47 over his last 16 games.
David Wright – 3B: Has drawn at least one walk in 11 of his last 12 games. Is currently on a 0-for-14 slide.
Michael Conforto – LF: Glad to see him still hitting third despite being in a prolonged slump (6-for-42) .143 since May 1.
Yoenis Cespedes – CF: Has back-to-back 0-for-4 games. Has 28 strikeouts in last 31 games.
Lucas Duda – 1B: Another one on a dry road trip, hitting .154 (4-for-26). Enters with a 13-game hitting streak against Rockies’ pitching.
Neil Walker – 2B: After a blistering April, he’s hitting .121 (4-for-33) in 11 games in May. Is a lifetime .301 hitter at Coors Field.
Asdrubal Cabrera – SS: Has gone 37 games without a homer. Is hitting .308 on the road this year.
Kevin Plawecki – C: Having a good road trip .280 (7-for-25). Is batting .273 (3-for-11) with RISP.
Verrett – RHP: Hitters are 0-for-16 with five strikeouts with RISP against him this year. Has 10 strikeouts with three walks as a starter.