The Mets have won six of their last eight games to climb within four games of Atlanta and Washington in the AL East. New York is counting on players like Ishii to turns things around and help them catch the Braves and Nationals.
Ishii, who is 3-8 with a 5.15 ERA, has been mostly a disappointment for New York, but the Japanese southpaw was brilliant in a 12-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Ishii pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and walking five.
Ishii, who’s lost five of his last seven decisions, has been dreadful at Coors Field with a 9.41 ERA in five career starts.
The Mets hopes to bounce back after getting stifled by journeyman Jose Acevedo in a 5-3 loss to Colorado on Monday.
Danny Ardoin had a career-high three hits for Colorado. Todd Helton also had three hits to improve his average to .294, but pulled up lame running the bases in the seventh and limped into the dugout. Helton, who is day-to-day, is batting .400 (30-for-75) with five home runs and over the last 22 games to raise his average 30 points.
The Rockies, who have the worst record in the major leagues, again showed what a different team they are at Coors Field compared to when they’re away from home. They improved to 25-23 at home. Their 10-40 road record is the worst by any club at this point since the 1979 Oakland A’s.