|1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF||1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF|
|2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF||2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B|
|3. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B||3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF|
|4. Juan Uribe (R) 3B||4. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B|
|5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B||5. Ben Paulsen (R) L|
|6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS||6. Kyle Parker (R) LF|
|7. Michael Conforto (L) LF||7. Daniel Descalso (L) SS|
|8. Anthony Recker (R) C||8. Dustin Garneau (R) C|
|9. Logan Verrett (R) P||9. David Hale (R) P|
Verrett Notes: Logan Verrett is the man making the controversial start in place of Matt Harvey. ... Verrett was called up while the team was in Baltimore and has managed 86 pitches in each of his last two outings ... This is his first Major League start. He is 4-2 with Las Vegas and a 3.57 ERA. ... In seven relief outings with the Mets, Verrett -- who began the season with the Rangers -- has given up just one run in 13 1/3 innings for a 0.68 ERA
Hale Notes: Hale's first start back from the DL was not what he expected. He gave up eight hits and six runs to the Nationals. ... Daniel Murphy is hitting .429 against Hale in seven at-bats and has two RBIs. ... Hale was sidelined for nearly two months with a groin strain.
Mets Notes: The Mets own a five-game lead over the second-place Washington and are the only team in the division over .500. ... If the Mets get 10 or more hits on Sunday, it'll be the second time this month that New York has gotten double-digit hits in three consecutive games. The first such stretch occurred Aug. 3-5 vs. Miami.
Rockies Notes: The Rockies hope that Hale will eat some innings on Sunday afternoon, even more so than usual. Colorado's bullpen threw 14 1/3 innings combined in the first two games of the series.