New York Mets: Colorado Rockies

Greg Burke headed to Rockies

November, 6, 2013
Free-agent reliever Greg Burke is headed to the Colorado Rockies on a minor league deal with a spring-training invite, a source told

Burke, 31, was removed from the 40-man roster last month and subsequently became a free agent.

He had a 5.68 ERA in 32 relief appearances for the Mets last season.

The Mets and Blue Jays also were believed to have made offers.

Rockies owner: CarGo, Tulo won't be traded

October, 10, 2013

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesThe Rockies intend to keep Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, owner Dick Monfort told The Denver Post.

Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort told The Denver Post the team is not trading Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki.

Some media reports had suggested those players may be available.

"The plan is to keep them. Next year, yes. And my plan is to always keep them," Monfort told the newspaper. "Is that the smartest thing in the world to do? I don't know. But for our fans I think it's the best thing to do."

Morning Briefing: Tulo to Mets?

September, 20, 2013

FIRST PITCH: David Wright could be back in the lineup tonight for the first time since straining his right hamstring Aug. 2.

But Wright does not put any stock in trying to catch the Philadelphia Phillies during the weekend series at Citizens Bank Park.

Charles LeClaire/US PresswireDavid Wright should return to the lineup tonight.

The Mets (68-84) are on track to finish fourth in the NL East for the fifth straight season. They trail the third-place Phillies (71-81) by three games with 10 to play.

If the season ended now, the Mets would be even with the Milwaukee Brewers for the seventh pick in the draft. The San Francisco Giants, who have the first unprotected pick, are 2 games better than the Mets.

“In my eyes, third place, fourth place, you’re still going home,” Wright said. “So, to me, it’s not all that important. What’s important is that we try to go out there and win each game, to try to play good baseball and finish strong. Because I think there is something to be said -- especially when you have a young team like this -- to finish strong, where you have guys competing for jobs for next year, guys competing for playing time. With the injuries that we’ve had, with the trades that we’ve made, it sure has opened up some chances for guys that probably wouldn’t have a chance right now.”

Wright said he will confer with Terry Collins and trainers before a firm resolution is made on entering the lineup tonight. Collins has indicated he expects Wright to play in the series opener.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA) is due to face left-hander Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48).

As for what Wright has observed about the Mets while watching from the bench in recent weeks, the captain said: “I love the intensity, the enthusiasm that we’re playing with. We’re making a ton of mistakes. But that’s expected with a young group. But the attitude is there. The preparation is there.

“Now, it’s just a matter of getting these guys enough at-bats and innings where the execution becomes second nature, where they’re not nervous, where they’re not a little tight, because they obviously don’t have much big-league experience.”

Friday’s news reports:

Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesThe Rockies may be willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News believes the Mets should make a bid to acquire shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies. Tulowitzki is owed at least $134 million over the next seven seasons. Writes Harper:

The Rockies aren’t desperate to get rid of the contract, but baseball people familiar with their thinking say Colorado believes getting a package for Tulowitzki while reinvesting some of the money it would save could speed up a necessary rebuilding process.

OK, so how about this: Travis d’Arnaud, Dillon Gee, and Rafael Montero for Tulowitzki.

Jonathon Niese suffered a tough-luck loss. The southpaw surrendered two runs in seven innings but was outdueled by fellow left-hander Madison Bumgarner as the Giants won Thursday’s rubber game, 2-1. The Mets went 4-7 on their longest homestand of the season. They scored 2.2 runs per game and hit only .184 with four homers during that 11-game stretch.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and

Bobby Parnell said goodbye to teammates Thursday and indicated to reporters he is confident he will be ready for spring training. Parnell underwent surgery to address a herniated disk in his neck on Sept. 10.

• Does Zack Wheeler have one or two starts remaining? Collins said that depends on how deep Wheeler pitches in Monday’s start at Cincinnati. If the rookie goes seven or eight innings, he likely is done for the season.

Ruben Tejada, who suffered a broken fibula in his right leg on Wednesday, is the best internal option to be the Opening Day shortstop next season, Collins said. Of course, the manager added, Tejada needs to demonstrate with work that he merits that opportunity. Collins did not discount an external acquisition this offseason to fill the role. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Double-A shortstop Wilfredo Tovar is due to join the Mets today in Philly. Collins foresees a platoon between the lefty-hitting Omar Quintanilla and the righty-hitting Tovar the remainder of the season, although Tovar has been idle for two weeks, so Quintanilla should start tonight against Hamels.

Matt Harvey made a second call-in to The Dan Patrick Show to apologize for his Qualcomm-focused first appearance. Watch here.

Critic Bob Raissman in the Daily News wrote this dissenting take:

It’s strange, even hypocritical, that Patrick or any other sports talkie would find fault with Harvey putting his business responsibility way ahead of answering all questions about his elbow, which he did briefly address.

Read more in the Post.

• Tim Rohan in the Times notes the Mets appear headed for their fifth straight season finishing in fourth place. Asked if a third-place finish might signal progress, 1960s- and ’70s-era Met Ed Kranepool told Rohan: “That’s irrelevant to me! Would it make any difference if they were second? It wouldn’t make any difference to me. The number that matters is: Are you in the playoffs? I’m 69 years old. I want to see them good again. I don’t want to run out of time.”

• Read more on Wright’s probable return in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal looks at the Mets’ massive turnover between the Opening Day roster and the current team.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report writes about how the Mets’ propensity for striking out defines them. … Mark Berman from Blogging Mets believes Collins made some poor decisions in the ninth inning Thursday.

BIRTHDAYS: Jason Bay, who was released by the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 6, turns 35. … Dave Gallagher is 53.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Would you rather a better draft pick or finishing ahead of the Phillies?

Thursday's Mets lineup

August, 8, 2013
NEW YORK -- Here's the New York Mets' lineup as they go for the sweep against the Colorado Rockies. Dillon Gee is the starter; first pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m.

Eric Young Jr., LF
Juan Lagares, CF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Marlon Byrd, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Wilmer Flores, 3B
Anthony Recker, C
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Dillon Gee, RHP

Rockies scratch starter Chatwood

August, 7, 2013
NEW YORK -- Tyler Chatwood, who had been scheduled to face the Mets in Thursday's series finale, has been scratched for the second time in the series.

Chatwood experienced right elbow inflammation during a bullpen session Tuesday. He originally had been pushed back two days from the series opener because of a hamstring issue.

The Rockies did not immediately announce a replacement. One option may be to use Jorge De La Rosa on regular rest. Jeff Francis, who just returned to the majors, has not worked as a starting pitcher since mid-July and is not stretched out, but conceivably could be an alternative.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Rockies 0

August, 7, 2013
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins did not need to worry about identifying a fill-in closer Wednesday night. Matt Harvey went the distance for the first time in his career, in a 106-pitch effort.

Harvey produced the first shutout by a Mets starting pitcher this season and Wilmer Flores produced his first two major league hits and first three major league RBIs as the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-0, at Citi Field.

The Mets (51-60) clinched only their second home-series victory since the Subway Series in May.

Frank Franklin II/Associated PressMatt Harvey tossed a four-hit shutout Wednesday night.

Harvey limited the Rockies to four hits and no walks.

R.A. Dickey had three shutouts and Johan Santana had two shutouts a season ago, but the Mets had not produced one in 2013 until Harvey’s latest gem. In fact, the Mets had only one other complete game this season. And that ended badly, when Dillon Gee took a shutout bid into the ninth inning in Atlanta on June 17 and ended up serving up a walk-off two-run homer to Freddie Freeman.

When Harvey allowed a two-out single to Wilin Rosario in the second inning, there was an audible groan at Citi Field from fans who have come to expect flirtations with no-hitters deep into games.

The third hit surrendered by Harvey came with one out in the eighth and snapped a string of 11 straight batters retired by the ace. Nolan Arenado was awarded an infield single by first base ump David Rackley, although replays appeared to suggest Arenado was out. No matter. Harvey coaxed an inning-ending double play from ensuing batter DJ LeMahieu.

The final hit allowed by Harvey was a liner that struck him in the lower right leg off the bat of Charlie Blackmon with two outs in the ninth.

Harvey will get an extra day of rest before his next start, Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, because the Mets are reverting to a six-man rotation once Jonathon Niese reenters the rotation Sunday.

It’s a first: On Day 2 as a major leaguer, Flores produced his first major league hit in his fifth career at-bat. Flores delivered a one-out single to center in the second inning against fellow Venezuelan Jhoulys Chacin. Flores became the 706th player in franchise history to produce a hit, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Flores scored the game’s opening run later in the inning on Omar Quintanilla’s single.

Flores then produced his first three career RBIs with a bases-loaded, two-out double in the eighth against Manny Corpas that gave the Mets a 5-0 lead. The three-bagger came after the Rockies intentionally walked Ike Davis with first base open.

Six Mets have produced a three-RBI game within their first two career games: Duffy Dyer, Lee Mazzilli, Jason Hardtke, Kazuo Matsui, Mike Jacobs and Flores, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Davis had produced his third double in two days and scored on John Buck’s fourth-inning single as the Mets grabbed a 2-0 lead.

What’s next: The Mets complete their homestand with a 12:10 p.m. matinee against the Rockies. Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15). Chatwood originally was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener, but was given two extra days of rest to allow a balky hamstring to heal.

Wednesday's Mets-Rockies lineups

August, 7, 2013
NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Colorado Rockies.

Eric Young Jr., lf
Juan Lagares, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Ike Davis, 1b
Wilmer Flores, 3b
John Buck, c
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Matt Harvey, rhp

Dexter Fowler, cf
Charlie Blackmon, lf
Troy Tulowitzki, ss
Michael Cuddyer, rf
Todd Helton, 1b
Wilin Rosario, c
Nolan Arenado, 3b
DJ LeMahieu, 2b
Jhoulys Chacin, rhp

Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones will miss the next two games after the passing of his mother. Guy Conti will fill in.

Morning Briefing: Harvey Day (Fish-free!)

August, 7, 2013

FIRST PITCH: Happy Matt Harvey Day!

Harvey is coming off a rough start -- at least by his standards -- against Miami, having allowed three runs in a 110-pitch effort over 5 2/3 innings. All three of his outings this season in which he has failed to complete six innings have come at Marlins Park.

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey has a 1.97 ERA against everyone other than Miami this season.

Harvey has a 3.52 ERA in four starts against Miami this season. He has a 1.97 ERA against the rest of baseball.

At 7:10 p.m., Harvey opposes right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40 ERA), who moved up a day because Tyler Chatwood is dealing with a hamstring issue. Chatwood, who was due to start the series opener, instead will attempt to pitch Thursday with two extra days of rest opposite Dillon Gee.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Bobby Parnell has a herniated disk in his neck and may face surgery, although Parnell described an invasive procedure as a last resort. He received an epidural Monday. LaTroy Hawkins handled Tuesday’s save, although Terry Collins indicated he would mix and match relievers in the closer’s role. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

• Wilmer Flores went 0-for-4 with an error at third base in his major league debut.

Mike Puma in the Post notes the fans clamoring over Flores is a clear indication of the lack of position-player prospects in the upper levels of the minors, as opposed to pitching with Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and others. Writes Puma:

It gets trickier in trying to identify the position players within the system who can potentially help the Mets anytime soon. There is Travis d’Arnaud, still projected as a top-tier catching prospect, and maybe Flores, provided the Mets find a position for him. Then the drop off is noticeable.

“It’s not as plentiful as the pitching options we have, that is for sure,” general manager Sandy Alderson said.

Alderson agreed with the assessment d’Arnaud and Flores are the immediate hopes from within the system, among non-pitchers.

“Until [Monday] we might have mentioned some additional players,” Alderson said, referring to outfielder Cesar Puello’s 50-game suspension for his Biogenesis involvement.

Read more in the Journal and Daily News.

Eric Young Jr.’s lunging catch of Todd Helton’s sinking liner stranded the bases loaded in the sixth. Young then hustled home from second on an infield single two innings later as the Mets beat the Rockies, 3-2, Tuesday night at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia cruised into the sixth inning before getting into a jam. Mejia indicated his elbow felt fine after bothering him his previous start, in Miami. Ike Davis, back in the cleanup spot pretty much by default, went 2-for-2 with two walks and has a .500 on-base percentage since the All-Star break.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and

Jonathon Niese threw 80 pitches over five innings for Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday. The southpaw is expected to return from the DL on Sunday to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

The Mets plan to return to a six-man rotation at that point. That means next week that Mejia will pitch Monday at Dodger Stadium, followed by Harvey on Tuesday and Gee on Wednesday. In San Diego, it would be Jeremy Hefner on Thursday, followed by Zack Wheeler and then back to Niese and Mejia. Harvey would pitch the Aug. 19 makeup game at Minnesota.

• Francisco Pena’s three-run homer wasn’t enough as Las Vegas lost at Memphis, 5-3. Cory Vaughn produced six RBIs in Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep of Altoona. Read the full minor league recap here.

USA TODAY SportsJordany Valespin and Cesar Puello accepted 50-game suspensions.

• Alderson was noncommittal about whether Jordany Valdespin would remain with the organization once his 50-game suspension is served. The bet is Valdespin will be done with the organization.

Barbara Barker in Newsday gets reaction to Valdespin and Puello’s suspensions. "It's going to be tough when they come back," said Marlon Byrd, who was suspended 50 games last season while maintaining he unwittingly took a banned substance. "The hard part isn't all this. The hard part is walking to your car with your kids and having someone yell 'steroids' at you. But if you want to play this game, you just have to move past all that. It's not easy."

Byrd has maintained his innocence. “Our situations are not the same,” he told the Daily News. “He was trying to cheat and I wasn’t.” Read more in the Post.

Mets player rep Daniel Murphy discussed his reaction to the Biogenesis-related suspensions and stood by his embattled agents. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and Record.

• Brian Heyman in The Journal News catches up with Rockies manager Walt Weiss, a former Suffern star.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing hears from a disappointed Jaws of Defeat.

BIRTHDAYS: Kirk Nieuwenhuis turns 26. … Tyler Yates is 36. … Danny Graves is 40.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Has Ike Davis turned a corner?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Rockies 2

August, 6, 2013

NEW YORK -- A pair of ex-Rockies combined to lead the Mets to a 3-2 win against Colorado on Tuesday night.

Eric Young Jr., acquired from Colorado on June 18 for Collin McHugh, hustled to score the tiebreaking run from second base in the bottom of the eighth on a trickler infield single to the right side by Juan Lagares.

Young had combined with another ex-Rockie, Carlos Torres, to bail the Mets out in the sixth.

John Minchillo/Associated PressWilmer Flores went 0-for-4 with an error in his major league debut.

Torres had inherited the bases loaded from Jenrry Mejia with one out and coaxed a fly ball from Wilin Rosario to center field that was too shallow for a sacrifice fly. Young then made a lunging grab of Todd Helton’s sinking liner in shallow left field to end the half-inning and preserve a 2-all score.

Mejia had cruised through five innings, surrendering only an unearned run precipitated by an Ike Davis error. But after a lengthy delay early in the top of the sixth after plate umpire Manny Gonzalez was struck in the jaw with a bunted ball, play resumed and Mejia served up a game-tying homer to pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon.

Mejia eventually departed with the bases loaded and one out that inning and was bailed out by Torres’ pitching and Young’s catch.

Mejia’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. He threw 96 pitches (65 strikes) in a no-decision.

Mejia had been coming off an outing in Miami in which the bone spur in his pitching elbow was particularly bothersome.

Gonzalez, the first-ever Venezuelan ump in major league history, departed after Blackmon’s bunt hit the dirt in foul territory, bounced up and struck him in the jaw. Larry Vanover took over behind the plate after a delay and a three-man crew completed the game.

Closer call: LaTroy Hawkins was given the first save opportunity with Bobby Parnell on the DL and pitched a scoreless ninth. Hawkins earned his first save since May 6, 2012, as an Angel. He allowed a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, but stranded runners on the corners.

John Franco, Roberto Hernandez and Hawkins are now the 40-year-olds to have earned saves for the Mets.

Debutant: Wilmer Flores grounded back to Rockies starter Chad Bettis in his first major league at-bat and finished 0-for-4 in his debut, which came on his 22nd birthday. Flores, who had just started to again receive exposure to third base on Saturday with Triple-A Las Vegas, also committed a fielding error.

Flores departed for Justin Turner on a double-switch when Hawkins entered for the ninth.

That’s offensive: Lagares contributed a two-run triple in the first inning as the Mets grabbed a 2-0 lead. He officially finished with three RBIs after Young scored from second base on the eighth-inning infield single.

Davis, reinstalled in the cleanup spot, went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two walks (one intentional).

What’s next: Matt Harvey Day! Harvey (8-3, 2.21 ERA) opposes right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40) at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Tuesday's Mets-Rockies lineups

August, 6, 2013
NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for the series opener against the Colorado Rockies. Wilmer Flores, on his 22nd birthday, makes his major league debut. He will wear No. 4.

Eric Young Jr., lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Ike Davis, 1b
Juan Lagares, cf
Wilmer Flores, 3b
John Buck, c
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Jenrry Mejia, rhp

The Mets now will face right-hander Chad Bettis. Original starter Tyler Chatwood has been scratched. He had been nursing a hamstring injury and is a consideration to start Thursday.

Dexter Fowler, cf
Chris Dickerson, lf
Troy Tulowitzki, ss
Michael Cuddyer, rf
Wilin Rosario, c
Todd Helton, 1b
Nolan Arenado, 3b
DJ LeMahieu, 2b
Chad Bettis, rhp

Series preview: Mets vs. Rockies

August, 5, 2013

Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Tyler Chatwood, Chad Bettis and Jhoulys Chacin during a midweek series against the Colorado Rockies.
METS (49-60, third place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (52-61, fourth place/NL West)

Tuesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-3, 2.21) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40), 12:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez should land on the disabled list before Tuesday’s series opener after aggravating a right middle finger sprain in his final at-bat Sunday. Gonzalez has experienced multiple setbacks since originally suffering the injury on a July 7 swing. He pulled out of the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game because of the issue. Josh Rutledge may take the roster spot.

• The Rockies arrive at Citi Field having lost six of seven games during the first two stops on their road trip, at Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Since the All-Star break, Colorado pitchers have a 5.11 ERA.

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Troy Tulowitzki has yet to hit his typical second-half stride.

• Closer Rafael Betancourt has missed the entire second half after undergoing an appendectomy. Left-hander Rex Brothers has handled the duty in Betancourt’s absence.

• The Rockies intend to pick up left-hander Jorge De La Rosa’s $11 million option for 2014. De La Rosa, 32, is 10-6 with a 3.31 ERA.

• Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still getting his timing down at the plate and has yet to produce at his typically high second-half level since returning from the disabled list July 11. He missed 25 games with a fractured rib on his right side. Tulowitzki is a career .319 second-half hitter.

Jhoulys Chacin is coming off an outing in which he limited the Pirates to one run in eight innings to earn his 10th win. Chacin keeps the ball down, producing a 1.30 groundout-to-flyout ratio. He also has been the most efficient pitcher in Colorado’s rotation. In fact, 53 percent of his plate appearances end in three pitches or fewer and 72 percent end in four pitches or fewer -- both among the tops in the majors.

Michael Cuddyer finished third in the Home Run Derby with a combined 15 long balls between the first and second rounds. He left the Rockies on Thursday and Friday to be with his ill wife.

• The Rockies’ have lost their No. 5 starters' last 10 outings, going 0-4 apiece with Roy Oswalt and Drew Pomeranz and 0-1 apiece with ex-Met Collin McHugh and rookie Chad Bettis.

Bettis, 24, allowed five runs in five innings in his major league debut Thursday at Atlanta, including surrendering homers to Jason Heyward and Justin Upton. A second-round pick in 2010 out of Texas Tech who can register 97 mph with his fastball, Bettis had been promoted directly from Double-A Tulsa. He had missed the entire 2012 season with a shoulder issue.

Pomeranz had an 8.10 ERA in four starts before developing biceps tendinitis.

McHugh, acquired by the Rockies for Eric Young Jr., had the first shot to replace Pomeranz. But the ex-Met allowed six runs in five innings in his Rockies debut on July 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers and was returned to the minors, leading to Bettis’ chance.

Oswalt suffered a setback in his return from a left hamstring injury while pitching a simulated game Saturday in Pittsburgh. Because Oswalt is a free agent at season’s end, the Rockies could choose to leave Bettis in the rotation even when Oswalt ultimately is ready to return.

Tyler Chatwood enters Tuesday’s start off an outing in which he allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 2 1/3 innings against Atlanta. He is believed to be nursing a leg injury, although he has not acknowledged the issue. Despite the rocky last outing, Chatwood has been the most unforeseen success story among Rockies starting pitchers.

Todd Helton, who had started nine of the past 10 games for the Rockies, had a back issue resurface Sunday while pinch-hitting. Helton turns 40 on Aug. 20.

Dexter Fowler is 4-for-22 with five walks on the road trip.

• Reliever Adam Ottavino is a product of Brooklyn’s Berkeley Carroll High. He trains with Jose Reyes, Pedro Beato and other athletes at a Garden City, Long Island, facility during the offseason.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Rockies 2

June, 27, 2013
DENVER -- Three time zones and 11 games later, the Mets have completed a four-city trip and are ready to return to Citi Field.

Marlon Byrd sent them home happy.

In a makeup game from a snowy April series, Byrd’s two-run homer in the eighth against Matt Belisle lifted the Mets to a 3-2 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday at Coors Field and spared Jeremy Hefner a hard-luck loss.

Byrd now has 12 homers, tied with David Wright and John Buck for the team lead. Byrd also threw out Michael Cuddyer trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double in the bottom of the ninth.

The first-pitch temperature this time: 95 degrees -- nearly 70 degrees warmer than the Mets' last trip here, when team executives were forced to pitch in with the snow removal at the stadium.

The Mets finished their trip to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago (AL) and Colorado with a 7-4 record.

Scott Rice helped secure the victory, retiring Carlos Gonzalez for the final out of the eight with a runner in scoring position. Bobby Parnell earned his 14th save, benefiting from the Byrd throw.

Hef: Hefner again pitched strongly, limiting the Rockies to two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in six innings. He departed for pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis with his pitch count at 80 and the Mets trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh and received a no-decision.

In each of Hefner's past four starts, errors have contributed to unearned runs. In fact, nine of the 14 runs Hefner has surrendered during that span have been unearned.

In Colorado's two-run second, Hefner surrendered a leadoff single to Cuddyer, which extended the cleanup hitter’s hitting streak to a Rockies-record 24 games. Wilin Rosario's double and Todd Helton's sacrifice fly then plated Cuddyer.

Rosario scored an unearned run from second base for a 2-0 Rockies lead on Nolan Arenado's ensuing groundout. Third baseman Zach Lutz, filling in for a resting Wright, fielded Arenado’s grounder cleanly and retired the Rockie at first base. But Josh Satin's throw back across the diamond to try to catch Rosario advancing to third was wide for an E-3 and Rosario trotted home.

Batty: The Mets did not muster a hit against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood until Lutz's bloop single to right field in the fifth, after Satin had walked to lead off the inning. Juan Lagares followed with a bunt single down the third-base line to load the bases with none out, but the Mets came away with only one run.

Anthony Recker grounded into a fielder’s choice forceout at the plate. Hefner then narrowly beat out a double play at first as Lutz scored to trim the Mets' deficit to 2-1. Eric Young Jr., in his return to Colorado as a visitor, flied out in foul territory to end the threat.

An inning later, the Mets again loaded the bases, this time with two outs, but Chatwood struck out Lagares looking.

Quiet night: The ex-Rockie Young went 1-for-5 and grounded into a double play in his return to Coors Field. His hit came in his ninth-inning at-bat, with a two-out bloop over second base. Young had been 11-for-21 with six RBIs and two walks over his previous five games.

What’s next: Matt Harvey Day at Citi Field.

Harvey (7-1, 2.05 ERA) opposes Washington Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler (2-6, 4.18) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. Harvey flew directly from Chicago to New York on Wednesday, bypassing the Denver leg of the trip to ensure optimal rest.

Thursday's Mets-Rockies lineups

June, 27, 2013
DENVER -- Here are the lineups for the Mets' 6:10 p.m. ET makeup game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. David Wright gets a scheduled rest. It is only his second time out of the starting lineup this season.

Eric Young Jr., lf
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Josh Satin, 1b
Zach Lutz, 3b
Juan Lagares, cf
Anthony Recker, c
Jeremy Hefner, rhp

Corey Dickerson, cf
Josh Rutledge, 2b
Carlos Gonzalez, lf
Michael Cuddyer, rf
Wilin Rosario, c
Todd Helton, 1b
Nolan Arenado, 3b
Jonathan Herrera, ss
Tyler Chatwood, rhp

Morning Briefing: From snow to 90s

June, 27, 2013

Adam RubinThis was the scene as Matt Harvey threw in the snow at Coors Field in April. Now, it's supposed to be in the mid-90s.

FIRST PITCH: What a difference two months makes. The Mets make a cameo appearance in Denver today for the makeup of a postponed game from a snowy April series. The forecast: a high of 94 degrees this afternoon -- 65 degrees warmer than the last visit.

Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22) in the 6:10 p.m. ET start.

Hefner intended to fly ahead of the Mets to Denver yesterday afternoon, to no avail. Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee did fly directly from Chicago to New York so they can be well-rested for their weekend assignments.

Eric Young Jr. makes his return to Colorado, where he played parts of five major league seasons, after originally being drafted in the 30th round in 2003 by the Rockies. He arrives with a .414 average through 29 at-bats as a Met.

“It’s going to be my first time being on the visiting side when it comes to playing against the Rockies,” Young said. “I’m sure a lot of emotion is going to be involved. But, at the same time, I’m very excited. I’ve been with the organization for nine -- almost 10 -- years, and it’s my first time going against them.”

Read the Mets-Rockies series preview here.

Thursday’s news reports:

Shaun Marcum tossed eight scoreless innings and earned his first Mets win after an 0-9 start and the Amazin’s beat the White Sox, 3-0, Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field for a split of their two-game series.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times and

• Despite stellar numbers at Coors Field, David Wright is due for a day off today.

• The Mets are stalling Ike Davis’ promotion in part because of a string of lefties they continue to face, including at least two against Washington this weekend as well as a pair against Arizona to open next week.

Ruben Tejada should begin a rehab assignment later this week in the Gulf Coast League, and also will make a stop at Las Vegas before being activated from the DL. The way Omar Quintanilla has performed, including slick fielding plays Wednesday night, Tejada is not assured of being the full-time shortstop upon his return from the quadriceps injury.

• Right-handers Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard have been selected to represent the Mets in the Futures Game, which will be held at 2 p.m. on July 14 at Citi Field. Brandon Nimmo is one of five U.S. team finalists that fans can elect to the game. (Vote here.) Mookie Wilson and Edgardo Alfonzo will manage the squads.

• Double-A Binghamton placed five players in the Eastern League All-Star Game: outfielder Cesar Puello, infielders Allan Dykstra and Josh Rodriguez, and right-handers Logan Verrett and Jeff Walters. The game will be played July 10 in New Britain, Conn.

• Kevin Plawecki had a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 7-4. Read the full minor league recap here.

Jonathon Niese is confident he will not need surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff, although that will be for Mets doctors to determine next week in a follow-up exam that will include another MRI.

• Terry Collins will adjust the Mets’ rotation to close the first half, if need be, to ensure Harvey can start the All-Star Game if selected. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

Zack Wheeler and Dan Warthen will work during a bullpen session today at Coors Field on eliminating pitch-tipping by the rookie. “I was totally unaware of it,” Wheeler told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “Never done it before. I haven’t seen video or anything of last night, so I really don’t know what I was doing.” Read more in the Record, Journal, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Citi Field’s All-Star Game menu was showcased Wednesday at the stadium. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

From the bloggers … Metsmertized says Wright is on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory when compared with Chipper Jones, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg during their age-30 seasons. … John Delcos at Mets Report believes the team is rushing Wheeler. … Faith and Fear in Flushing finds the Go-Go Mets highly watchable and somewhat plausible.

BIRTHDAYS: Chris Woodward turns 37. … Jeff Conine is 47.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How should Terry Collins divvy the playing time between Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla once Tejada returns from the DL?

Mini-Series preview: Mets at Rockies

June, 27, 2013

Getty Images/USA TODAY SportsJeremy Hefner faces Tyler Chatwood in the makeup of an April postponement.
METS (31-43, fourth place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (39-40, third place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22), 6:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• Closer Rafael Betancourt (groin) is expected to return from the disabled list on Friday, the day after the Mets make their cameo appearance at Coors Field.

Set-up man Rex Brothers has handled closing duty in the interim. The southpaw has been 3-for-3 in save conversions and has made 31 consecutive scoreless appearances -- the second-longest streak in franchise history. Opponents are hitting .175 over 29 innings during that span. The Rockies record is 33 straight scoreless appearances by Mike Myers in 2000.

• Right fielder Michael Cuddyer homered twice at Fenway Park on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to a franchise-record-tying 23 games. Cuddyer is hitting .375 (36-for-96) with five homers and 16 RBIs during the streak, which is the longest in the majors this season. Cuddyer shares the franchise record with Dante Bichette, who had a 23-game hitting streak in 1995.

• Outfielder Dexter Fowler missed Wednesday’s game with right wrist soreness. Tyler Colvin instead started in center field.

Troy Tulowitzki (fractured rib) has started playing catch, but is not expected to return until after the All-Star break. Since Tulowitzki’s last start on June 13, Josh Rutledge and Jonathan Herrera have shared shortstop duties.

Carlos Gonzalez was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending June 16. He has a National League-leading 21 homers, one ahead of Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown. Gonzalez left Sunday’s game with leg cramps, but returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Roy Oswalt, who signed with the Rockies on May 3, has allowed nine runs in 11 innings over two starts in the majors with Colorado.

• Since allowing five runs (four earned) in his season debut on April 24 against Atlanta, Tyler Chatwood has not allowed more than two runs in any of his past seven starts. Chatwood did miss a start earlier this month with pain in the triceps. Chatwood, 23, was obtained from the Los Angeles Angels on Nov. 30, 2011 for Chris Iannetta.

• Ex-Met Hisanori Takahashi was obtained from the Chicago Cubs last weekend for a player to be named, but the Rockies have assigned the 38-year-old left-hander to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He allowed four runs in one inning in his Sky Sox debut.

• Catcher Wilin Rosario has six multi-hit performances in his past 10 games.



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HRL. Duda 3
RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 11
OPSL. Duda .841
WC. Torres 2
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
SOJ. Mejia 18