The New York Mets have used impressive starting pitching to key their recent surge.
Things don't figure to be any different Tuesday night with Jacob deGrom on the mound against the Colorado Rockies.The Mets (69-75) have won four of five, with starting pitchers limiting opponents to six earned runs over 32 2/3 innings. Jonathon Niese was the latest to turn in a solid outing, limiting Colorado to one run over 6 2/3 innings in New York's 3-2 victory Monday.DeGrom (7-6, 2.79 ERA) looks capable of continuing the rotation's strong run, as he's 6-1 in his last nine games with a 1.81 ERA -- the third-lowest in the majors since July 8. He struggled in his first start since returning from a DL stint due to right rotator cuff tendinitis, giving up five runs in a 7-4 loss to the Dodgers on Aug. 23. But he's since limited Philadelphia and Miami to a combined two unearned runs over 13 innings, putting himself back into the mix for NL Rookie of the Year."Like I've said before, I try not to think about all that stuff," he told MLB's official website. "That would be a great thing to win. But I just try to go out there every time and put up zeros, and I feel like the rest will take care of itself."DeGrom has won four straight home starts while yielding just three earned runs over 28 1/3 innings, striking out 31.Curtis Granderson drove in the tying run with a ninth-inning triple Monday and later scored on Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly against LaTroy Hawkins, who was pitching at Citi Field for the first time since he was a Met last season.New York has more offensive help on the way with Daniel Murphy expected to return from the disabled list Tuesday. He hasn't played since Aug. 24 due to a strained right calf. He had gone 8 for 21 over his last five games prior to the injury, and his .301 average and 73 runs lead the Mets.Murphy has hit .359 with eight runs over his last nine games versus Colorado.The Rockies (59-85) failed to match their longest winning streak of the season, but Michael Cuddyer hit his seventh home run in his first game since coming off the disabled list for the third time this year."I was able to get a good pitch to hit and fortunately I didn't miss it," said Cuddyer, who is hitting .328 with 20 RBIs in only 35 games.Justin Morneau and Charlie Blackmon are expected to be in Tuesday's lineup after receiving routine days off.Corey Dickerson has batted .414 with seven runs scored during a seven-game hitting streak.Rookie Christian Bergman (2-2, 5.23) gets the ball for Colorado after going 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts since returning from a fractured left thumb. He limited San Francisco to two runs over six innings in a 9-2 victory on Wednesday.