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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Mets thankful to be returning home

By Adam Rubin

DENVER -- The best thing that could be said about the Mets' 3-5 trip to Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Denver that included two games postponed to the summer because of wintry weather? It's over.

"This has been a tough trip for us," Terry Collins said after the Colorado Rockies completed a sweep at Coors Field with an 11-3 win Thursday afternoon. "We're glad it's over. We know that the weather is going to start changing. It's going to start getting baseball weather.

"But we didn't swing the bats that good today, either. It wasn't just our pitching. We didn't get a lot of opportunities. So we've got to get it going offensively. We've got to get out and take some BP like we normally do and get back in our schedule."

The Mets' bullpen had a 13.09 ERA during the three games in Denver.

"There's guys, when they're here, there's certain roles that they play that they've got to start getting some people out. There's no question," Collins said. "We're not doing that. Ultimately that's going to be a concern."

Collins said Scott Atchison, who was charged with three runs in Colorado's six-run seventh, generally has been steady. But Collins noted Josh Edgin's velocity has been down. Edgin was charged with a pair of runs Thursday after Atchison allowed the inherited runners to score.

"The one thing we've got to start seeing is the velocity," Collins said. "Today was a perfect scenario for him to come in, and he's leaving balls on the plate. But we're not seeing the velocity that we know he's got. It could be the weather. It could be the fact that it's cold and he's not getting loose, or as loose as he wants to be. But we certainly want to start seeing what we've seen in the past."