New York Mets: Colorado Rockies

Report: Mets inquire about Tulo, CarGo

July, 24, 2014
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The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would like to be involved with trade discussions if and when Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez become available, the Post's Joel Sherman reports.

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But keep in mind Tulowitzki has indicated he has become frustrated playing his prime mainly in non-contention. And there is belief if he were to request a trade, ownership would strongly consider fulfilling his wishes. However, Tulowitzki has a no-trade provision, wears No. 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and is thought to be considerably more interested in being a Yankee than a Met. And Colorado already has expressed interest to the Yankees in their top pitching prospect, Luis Severino.

Plus, sources say the Cardinals -- owners of arguably the deepest farm system in the sport -- are enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him. In fact, the market will be deep if Tulowitzki comes onto it, because he is viewed as one of the 10 best players in the majors.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Rockies 1

May, 4, 2014
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DENVER -- The Mets took an early lead Sunday at Coors Field … and held it!

A day after blowing a six-run lead, Dillon Gee tossed six scoreless innings and the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies, 5-1, to avoid getting swept in the four-game series.

Despite the Rockies entering the series finale averaging an MLB-best 7.8 runs per game at home, Gee became the fourth starting pitcher in Mets history to toss six or more scoreless innings at Coors Field. He joined Johan Santana (2012), Mike Pelfrey (2010) and Pete Harnisch (1995). Gee has tossed a career-high 16 consecutive scoreless innings.

Gee needed help from Carlos Torres and Scott Rice.


Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesDillon Gee tossed six scoreless innings Sunday at Coors Field.


Showing faith in his starting pitcher -- or, perhaps more aptly, reluctance to use his overworked and erratic bullpen -- Terry Collins allowed Gee to take the mound for the seventh with his pitch count at 105. Gee proceeded to allow consecutive singles to Michael McKenry and Corey Dickerson to open the frame and was pulled.

Torres recorded a pair of outs. And with Gee’s two runners in scoring position, Rice entered and coaxed a flyout to center field from lefty-hitting Charlie Blackmon to preserve the 5-0 lead.

The lone run came in the ninth inning on Justin Morneau's solo homer against Jeurys Familia.

The bullpen had logged a combined 11 1/3 innings the first three games of the series.

Gee has wanted to gain the faith from Collins to be trusted in late spots since being pulled in Arizona on April 16 with his pitch count at 72 after seven scoreless innings.

Gee has now completed six innings in 27 of his past 29 starts. He is 3-1 with a 0.67 ERA (2 ER in 27 IP) in his past four starts.

Sunday’s line: 6+ IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He threw 113 pitches (68 strikes).

The performance was desperately needed after Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia each failed to complete five innings in the series.

The Mets (16-14) actually moved to within a game of the first-place Atlanta Braves, who have lost six straight. Of course, the Mets also are only a half-game out of last place in the congested National League East.

Juan Lagares, inserted into the starting lineup after Eric Young Jr. was scratched with a bruised right cheekbone, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

Lagares opened the game with a single and scored on Curtis Granderson’s two-out single against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin. Lagares and Daniel Murphy had back-to-back two-out doubles in the fourth as the lead swelled to 4-0.

Lagares had four doubles in the four-game series. He was activated from the disabled list Thursday after a pulled right hamstring healed.

Granderson has hit safely in five straight games.

Stop, Forrest: The good news: Murphy followed up Saturday’s four-hit game with a two-hit performance Sunday. The bad news: His aggressiveness on the bases is borderline recklessness.

Murphy, trying to draw a throw home on a fake tag-up in the first inning, was caught straying too far off third base and was retired 7-5-6 when the ball was cut off. On Friday, Murphy had been caught stealing at third base with David Wright batting, similarly depriving the Mets of a potentially big first inning.

What’s next: The Mets head to Miami to complete a three-city trip. Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20 ERA) opposes right-hander Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. The Marlins are an MLB-best 14-5 at home this season.

Morning Briefing: Rocky Mountain low

May, 4, 2014
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DENVER

FIRST PITCH: Suddenly, the Mets need a quality performance from Dillon Gee to avoid getting swept in a four-game series at Coors Field and avoid dropping to .500 for the first time since April 22.

Gee (2-1, 2.88 ERA) opposes Colorado Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in Sunday’s 4:10 p.m. ET game. Chacin is making his season debut after dealing with a right shoulder strain. He went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 31 starts last season.

Sunday’s news reports:


Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesKyle Farnsworth walks off the field after surrendering a game-ending two-run homer to Charlie Culberson.


Kyle Farnsworth surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Charlie Culberson and the Mets lost to the Rockies, 11-10, Saturday night. The Mets led 6-0, but Jenrry Mejia surrendered eight fifth-inning runs, capped by a one-out grand slam by Nolan Arenado. It marked the second straight season the Mets had blown a six-run lead at Coors Field.

Terry Collins suggested leaving Mejia in to face Arenado made sense, since Arenado had hit groundballs the previous two at-bats. “Arenado did not have particularly good swings on Jenrry Mejia,” Collins said. “I thought he could get another groundball out of him.”

Opponents are now hitting .438 against Mejia the third time through the order this season, which raises the question of whether Mejia might instead be better in a late-inning role.

As for Culberson’s decisive homer, Farnsworth said: “Fastball up and away. It just came middle, I guess. He put a good swing on it.”

The Mets dropped to 15-14.

Read game recaps in the Denver Post, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and at MLB.com.

Daisuke Matsuzaka has a right-calf injury, but downplayed the severity.

Juan Lagares is now the “everyday” center fielder, Collins said, while allowing for periodic rest to avoid Lagares irritating his right hamstring.

Collins nonetheless said he would “try” to get Eric Young Jr. in Sunday’s lineup, after E.Y. Jr. was on the bench for three straight games.

Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and at MLB.com.

David Wright has not homered since Opening Day, when he went deep in the 10th inning against Washington’s Jerry Blevins. Wright has gone a career-high 115 at-bats without a long ball.

Wright nonetheless had three hits and an intentional walk Saturday to lift his season average to .275, albeit with a .333 slugging percentage.

“To me, you expect results when you do things you're supposed to do right,” Wright told Marc Carig in Newsday. “And when you don’t get those results, I think it’s easy to try to hit the ball extra hard next time. Sometimes you can get yourself into a bit of a hole. …

“There were some balls that I hit at Citi Field that quite frankly, I hit very well. They catch them on the track in right-center. You try to tell yourself to keep with the plan and they’ll start falling. But it’s only natural in the next at-bat to instinctively try to hit it even more hard.”

• Outfield prospect Jared King proposed to his girlfriend Maggie Watson at Savannah’s game Saturday.

• Pitching prospect Rob Whalen has been hospitalized with an infection on his pitching hand.

• Matt Clark scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as Binghamton won the opener of a doubleheader against Portland. Luis Cessa allowed one run on two hits in five innings as St. Lucie salvaged a doubleheader split with a 5-1 win in its nightcap at Bradenton. Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-6 as Savannah beat Rome, 12-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey’s rehab from Tommy John surgery is set to advance to throwing on flat ground at 120 feet.

Lucas Duda started at first base against a left-handed pitcher Saturday and likely will be doing that more in the future, according to Collins.

• Marc Carig in Newsday suggests one reason the Mets kept Duda over Ike Davis is that the speed of balls off Duda’s bat is among the elite in the league, rivaling Joey Votto’s. Writes Carig:

The Mets noticed the trend playing itself out last season, when [Sandy] Alderson said Duda finished “in the upper echelon” of big-league hitters.

According to the team’s internal metrics, the number of Duda’s batted balls above 100 mph was more than double the league average. It was enough to make him second among National League first basemen in exit speed, behind only the Reds’ Joey Votto.

Of course, nobody is mistaking Duda for Votto, a perennial MVP contender. But the Mets believe Duda is capable of bridging that gap in production.

• A former Mets massage therapist has been accused of sexually abusing two female trainers, Julia Marsh reports in the Post.

• Sal Cacciatore in Newsday gets fan reaction to the Mets’ “True New Yorkers” pitch.

• Reigning NL batting champ Michael Cuddyer was eligible to come off the DL on Saturday to face the Mets, but remains day-to-day as he mends a left hamstring strain, writes Nick Groke in the Denver Post. No. 1 Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario is dealing with the flu and did not play Saturday, Groke also writes.

• Tyler Kepner in the Times catches up with ex-Met Collin McHugh, who is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA in two starts for the Houston Astros.

From the bloggers ... NY Mets Life suggests the Mets need to allow Matt Harvey to be Matt Harvey.

BIRTHDAYS: Miguel Cairo turns 40. ... Robinson Cancel is 38. ... Manny Aybar is 42.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets consider using Jenrry Mejia as closer (or, at least, in a late-inning reliever) and place Daisuke Matsuzaka or a Triple-A arm in the big-league rotation?

Rapid Reaction: Rockies 11, Mets 10

May, 4, 2014
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DENVER -- It happened again!

For the second straight season, the Mets coughed up a six-run lead en route to a loss at Coors Field.

It ended painfully, too. After Juan Lagares drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth against ex-Met LaTroy Hawkins, Kyle Farnsworth could not hold the lead. Charlie Culberson delivered a walk-off two-run homer as the Colorado Rockies beat the Mets 11-10 on Saturday night.

The Mets have lost 21 of 29 games at Coors Field since 2007.

This time, Jenrry Mejia surrendered eight fifth-inning runs, capped by a grand slam from Nolan Arenado, as the Rockies turned a 6-0 deficit into an 8-6 lead. Unbelievably, Mejia threw only 19 pitches in that inning while surrendering eight runs and recording one out.

During a snowy, frigid series in Denver last season, the Mets lost the second game of an April 16 doubleheader to the Rockies in extra innings after taking an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth.


Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesAnthony Recker consoles Jenrry Mejia during a rocky outing at Coors Field.


This marked the second straight start for Mejia in which he squandered a large lead in the middle innings, perhaps validating those who suggest he is better suited for late-inning relief. Staked to a 5-1 lead last Saturday at Citi Field, Mejia was charged with five sixth-inning runs against the Miami Marlins, and the Mets lost in extra innings.

Mejia’s line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. His ERA swelled to 5.23. He was hurt by Lucas Duda’s drop of a potential double-play turn in the eight-run fifth. Mejia had held the Rockies scoreless until Ryan Wheeler’s leadoff homer in the fifth.

He received a no-decision when Chris Young and Curtis Granderson had run-scoring hits in the sixth that pulled the Mets even at 8. Young also had a game-tying RBI single in the eighth, a half-inning after Daisuke Matsuzaka had surrendered a sacrifice fly to Jordan Pacheco. Granderson (2-for-4, 2 RBIs, HBP) has hit safely in four straight games.

Mets starting pitchers had logged at least five innings in each of the team’s first 26 games -- the last remaining MLB team to reach that threshold in every game this season. Since then, however, they have failed to reach that threshold in three straight games in Colorado. Bartolo Colon went 4 2/3 innings in the series opener. Zack Wheeler went four innings Friday.

Wright stuff: David Wright loves hitting at Coors Field. He went 3-for-5 with an intentional walk, RBI and two runs scored Saturday and is now hitting .391 (52-133) in his career at the ballpark.

Wrecker: The Mets fell to 6-1 in games started by Anthony Recker, but don’t blame the backup catcher. He had an RBI single in a three-run first inning against left-hander Franklin Morales and added an RBI double in his next at-bat as the Mets built a 6-0 lead after three innings.

One hit wonder: Mejia went 0-for-3 at the plate and Matsuzaka struck out bunting to give the Mets a record for hitting futility. Mets pitchers are 0-for-48 -- the worst start to a season in MLB history (since 1900), according to SNY. The previous record: Pitchers with the St. Louis Browns opened the 1914 season hitless in 45 straight at-bats.

Medical attention: Matsuzaka received a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez before surrendering the seventh-inning sac fly to Pacheco that had given the Rockies a 9-8 lead. Matsuzaka completed the inning and allowed only the one run in 2 2/3 innings.

Mile(high)stones: Troy Tulowitzki recorded his 1,000th career hit. ... With the grand slam, Arenado extended his hitting streak to 23 games, longest active in the majors. ... Daniel Murphy had a four-hit game.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (2-1, 2.88 ERA) faces right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in Sunday’s 4:10 p.m. ET series finale as the Mets try to avoid getting swept. Chacin will be making his 2014 debut after opening the season on the disabled list with a right-shoulder strain.

Saturday's Mets-Rockies lineups

May, 3, 2014
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DENVER -- Here are the lineups for the Mets' 8:10 p.m. ET game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Coors Field.

Eric Young Jr. sits for a third straight day since Juan Lagares' return from the DL.

Mets
Lagares, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Chris Young, lf
Curtis Granderson, rf
Anthony Recker, c
Lucas Duda, 1b
Ruben Tejada, ss
Jenrry Mejia, rhp

Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, rf
Drew Stubbs, cf
Carlos Gonzalez, lf
Troy Tulowitzki, ss
Nolan Arenado, 3b
Ryan Wheeler, 1b
Jordan Pacheco, c
DJ LeMahieu, 2b
Franklin Morales, lhp

The Rockies promoted catcher Michael McKenry from Triple-A and optioned right-hander Chad Bettis.

Rapid Reaction: Rockies 10, Mets 3

May, 2, 2014
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DENVER -- The New York Mets arrived in Colorado as the only team in the majors to have its starting pitcher log at least five innings in every outing. Two days later, they've now had back-to-back games with their starting pitcher failing to reach that threshold.

Zack Wheeler surrendered a career-high seven runs in four innings and the Mets lost to the Colorado Rockies 10-3 Friday night at Coors Field. It was the shortest outing of Wheeler’s career.

Wheeler’s line: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. His ERA swelled to 5.13.

The first five Rockies reached base in a four-run first inning -- with a walk and a swinging bunt by Wilin Rosario for a base hit contributing to the damage, along with Justin Morneau's RBI double.

Bartolo Colon had allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in the series opener.

After posting a 15-11 record in April, the Mets are now 0-2 in May.

Deep thoughts: Curtis Granderson produced a two-run homer against Jorge De La Rosa in the sixth inning that pulled the Mets within 7-3. It was Granderson’s second home run, and eighth and ninth RBIs of the season. His other long ball came April 5 against Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto.

Granderson went 75 at-bats between home runs -- the eighth-longest drought of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He last had a longer streak in 2010 -- 87 at-bats, in his first season with the Yankees.

Granderson also had an eighth-inning single to lift his batting average to .156. He has only one other two-hit game as a Met -- on April 3 against Washington.

Juan-derful: Juan Lagares had his second straight two-hit game since returning from the disabled list. Lagares followed up two doubles Thursday with a 2-for-5 performance that included one more double.

The end: Daniel Murphy’s streak of successful steal attempts ended at 28. In an ill-advised first-inning attempt that took the Mets out of a potential big inning, Murphy was caught by De La Rosa trying to take third base with none out and David Wright batting.

Murphy’s streak was the second longest in franchise history. Kevin McReynolds had 33 straight successful steal attempts from 1987 through '89.

What’s next: Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 3.49 ERA) opposes left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40) at 8:10 p.m. ET Saturday.

Friday's Mets-Rockies lineups

May, 2, 2014
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DENVER -- Here are the lineups for the Mets' 8:40 p.m. ET game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday at Coors Field.

Eric Young Jr. sits for a second straight game since Juan Lagares returned.

Carlos Gonzalez sits for the Rockies with a bruised finger but expects to return to the lineup Saturday.

Mets
Lagares, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Chris Young, lf
Curtis Granderson, rf
Josh Satin, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, cf
Nolan Arenado, 3b
Troy Tulowitzki, ss
Justin Morneau, 1b
Wilin Rosario, c
Corey Dickerson, lf
Brandon Barnes, rf
D.J. LeMahieu, 2b
Jorge De La Rosa, lhp

Colorado placed Josh Rutledge on the DL with a viral infection and recalled Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
DENVER

FIRST PITCH: The Mets finished April with a 15-11 record.

May did not get off to a good start Thursday.

Now, Zack Wheeler has a chance to begin remedying that. Wheeler (1-2, 3.99 ERA) opposes Colorado Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23) at 8:40 p.m. ET Friday at Coors Field.

Friday’s news reports:

• Richard Sandomir in the Times reports that Mets tickets sold are marginally up and SNY ratings are down in 2014. Writes Sandomir:

As for the Mets, the number of tickets sold through 16 dates is up 3.4 percent to 27,058 a game, a nice lift after a steady decline in attendance since the team moved into Citi Field in 2009. Still, the number of viewers on SNY has fallen 4 percent to 180,000 a game.

Because the disparity between tickets sold and the number of people at the ballpark is sometimes glaring, TV ratings might be a more accurate measurement of fan interest. As such, the drop in ratings on SNY suggests how much work the Mets still have to do to get all of their fans on board again. The 15-11 start helped, but they need to keep playing solid baseball.


Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY SportsBartolo Colon allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday at Coors Field.


Bartolo Colon surrendered seven runs in 4 2/3 innings and the Mets lost to the Rockies, 7-4, Thursday. Travis d’Arnaud had a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth. Read game recaps in the Denver Post, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and at MLB.com.

Juan Lagares returned from the disabled list and had a two-hit game. Lagares replaced Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who received praise from Terry Collins as he was demoted to Las Vegas. Eric Young Jr., who did not start Thursday, ultimately could end up as the fourth outfielder with Lagares’ return. Read more in the Journal and Newsday.

Lucas Duda was inserted in the cleanup spot for only the third time this season Thursday.

• Rockies first-base coach Eric Young Sr. and E.Y. Jr. have a family reunion this weekend at Coors Field. Read more in the Post.

LaTroy Hawkins said he initially expected to return to the Mets for 2014, but the Mets did not make an offer competitive with the Rockies’ $2.5 million bid. Read more in the Journal, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and Daily News.

• Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez left Thursday’s game in the fourth inning with a bruised left index finger. He had homered in the first inning. CarGo told Rockies reporters this injury is not as serious as a ligament strain he suffered to his right middle finger last July. “It’s just, when you get jammed, it hurts really bad,” Gonzalez said, according to MLB.com. “But it’s something that will go away, not like last year. Last year was a ligament. That was a tough one, when you have to play with a bad finger like that. This one, it happens.”

• Jacob deGrom (4-0) limited Reno to one run in 5 1/3 innings and shaved his Pacific Coast League ERA to 1.89. Las Vegas won, 19-2. Jairo Perez homered twice and Cam Maron and T.J. Rivera also went deep in St. Lucie’s 11-0 win against Bradenton. Rob Whalen improved to 4-0 as Savannah beat Delmarva, 6-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Mets are “not optimistic” about Wilmer Flores being able to handle shortstop, Mike Puma writes in the Post. Flores had six errors in April at shortstop with Vegas. He actually has not manned the position for a week because of a jammed finger that mostly has limited him to pinch-hitting.

BIRTHDAYS: Infielder Eddie Bressoud was born on this date in 1932.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Mets will have similar success in May as they did in April?

Rapid Reaction: Rockies 7, Mets 4

May, 1, 2014
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DENVER -- The Mets had been the only team in the majors to have their starting pitcher complete five innings in every outing this season. That came to an end Thursday, as Bartolo Colon had an unsightly outing for the second time this season.

This time, the Colorado Rockies tagged Colon for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings en route to a 7-4 series-opening win against the Mets at Coors Field.

Travis d'Arnaud produced a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth.

The Mets had mustered only four hits through eight innings despite Terry Collins juggling the batting order, including installing Lucas Duda as the cleanup hitter.

Juan Lagares’ two-out RBI double in the eighth in his return from the disabled list ensured the Mets would avoid the second shutout at Coors Field in team history. The lone instance remains May 9, 2001, when Mike Hampton did the honors in his first season after deciding Denver-area schools were more attractive.

The Mets did not leave Philadelphia until after midnight ET and did not get to their hotel until after 3 a.m. MT Thursday despite Wednesday’s game being called in the early afternoon.

Colon’s line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. His ERA swelled to 5.65.

Opposing pitcher Juan Nicasio drove in three of the runs. He had a two-out, two-run single into the right-field corner in the second inning as the Rockies grabbed a 3-0 lead. Nicasio added a sacrifice fly during a three-run fourth. He became the first pitcher to produce three RBIs against the Mets since Washington’s Tommy Milone on Sept. 3, 2011.

Colon had surrendered nine runs in five innings at Anaheim on April 13.

Nicasio contributed seven scoreless innings. He dominated the Mets at hitter-friendly Coors Field despite entering the game with a 5.27 ERA.

At one point, Nicasio retired 12 straight batters, until pinch hitter Eric Young Jr.’s one-out walk in the sixth. The Mets went without a hit from Chris Young's one-out single in the second until Duda's one-out single in the seventh.

Lagares had two of the Mets’ seven hits in his first game since April 14.

Car-Gone: Carlos Gonzalez, who opened the scoring with a first-inning solo homer against Colon, departed the game in the fourth for a pinch hitter. The Rockies announced Gonzalez had a bruised left index finger and is day-to-day.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.99 ERA) opposes left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23) at 8:40 p.m. ET Friday.
DENVER -- After successfully completing last season as Mets closer once Bobby Parnell suffered the herniated disk in his neck, LaTroy Hawkins expected to return to Queens in 2014.

"I thought I had a good chance of being back in New York," Hawkins said Thursday afternoon. "I sure did."

Instead, Hawkins accepted a $2.5 million offer from the Rockies that includes a team option for 2015. The Mets did not come close to that offer, despite Hawkins posted a 2.93 ERA and 13 saves in 72 appearances at age 40 last season.

Asked if it was surprising the Mets would not go to that salary figure, Hawkins replied: "I don't know what to say about that. I have much respect for Sandy [Alderson] and the Wilpons. I can't answer that question. ... I told them what [the Rockies' offer] was and the numbers just didn't work out. I've been playing a long time. Nothing surprises me. I'm not surprised by anything. But everybody has decisions to make. They've got business decisions. It's just one of those things where it didn't work out.

"I wish the Mets the best, Sandy the best, the Wilpons the best. They were nothing but great to me. That's for damn sure. So I can't complain. Not at all."

Hawkins said he is particularly grateful to the Mets because he had no other offers during the 2012-13 offseason, when he signed with the Mets. In fact, he planned to retire rather than accept a minor-league deal in Queens. Larry Reynolds, his agent, convinced him to go to spring training with the Mets.

"Everything happens for a reason. The Mets were the only team that offered me," Hawkins said. "So I have nothing but great things to say about Sandy and the Wilpons. They were the only offer I had. The only offer. It's cool. It's part of the process. When people tell you you're about done, it doesn't mean that you're done.

"There was a point where I wasn't going to take a minor-league deal. ... I'm glad I didn't [retire], but I was very close."

With the Rockies, Hawkins is 9-for-9 in save conversions. He suggested part of his success is attributable to unseasonably mild temperatures for Rockies games in April. He has successfully saved 19 straight dating to last season with the Mets.

"I got into a groove last year, and hopefully I can stay in that groove for a whole season," Hawkins said. "It would be nice."

Thursday's Mets-Rockies lineups

May, 1, 2014
May 1
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DENVER -- Here are the lineups for the Mets' 8:40 p.m. ET game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Mets
Juan Lagares, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Chris Young, lf
Curtis Granderson, rf
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Bartolo Colon, rhp

Rockies
Charlie Blackmon, rf
Nolan Arenado, 3b
Carlos Gonzalez, lf
Troy Tulowitzki, ss
Justin Morneau, 1b
Wilin Rosario, c
Corey Dickerson, cf
Charlie Culberson, 2b
Juan Nicasio, rhp

Series preview: Mets at Rockies

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Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY SportsLaTroy Hawkins, who signed for $2.5 million with the Rockies, is 9-for-9 in save conversions at age 41.
METS (15-11, second place/NL East) at COLORADO ROCKIES (16-12*, second place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Juan Nicasio (2-1, 5.27), 8:40 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.99) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23), 8:40 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 3.49) vs. LHP Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40), 8:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-1, 2.88) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, -.--), 4:10 p.m. ET

* Rockies play at Arizona on Wednesday night

Rockies short hops

• Ex-Met LaTroy Hawkins is 9-for-9 in save conversions. The 41-year-old reliever signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal on Nov. 21. The contract includes a team option for 2015 at $2.25 million or a $250,000 buyout. Hawkins’ nine saves trail only Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez (13) and San Diego’s Huston Street (10) in the National League. Dating to Hawkins’ Mets days, he actually has converted 19 straight saves. That is the second-longest streak of his career. He saved 23 straight from 2000 through ’01 while with the Minnesota Twins.

• The Rockies have the top three batting leaders in the National League: Charlie Blackmon (.379), Troy Tulowitzki (.376) and Justin Morneau (.357). Tulowitzki also has seven homers, one shy of league leaders Adrian Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton.

Morneau signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with Colorado on Dec. 13 to succeed the retired Todd Helton at first base, after finishing last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He entered Wednesday’s series finale at Phoenix with a 13-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .396 with five homers, 19 RBIs and a 1.223 OPS. Morneau was named NL Player of the Week for April 14-20. Colorado will retire Helton’s No. 17 on Aug. 17.


David Zalubowski/Associated PressEric Young Jr. will spot a familiar face in the opposing dugout -- his father, Rockies first-base coach Eric Young.


• The Mets-Rockies series will be a family reunion for Eric Young and Eric Young Jr. The elder E.Y. was hired by the Rockies to serve as first-base coach, a position he held with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 and ’12.

Tyler Chatwood left Tuesday’s start experiencing right-elbow tightness. Chatwood had surgery in October to remove a bone chip from that elbow. He also missed a month last season with tightness there. He opened this season on the DL with a left hamstring strain.

Jhoulys Chacin may step into that rotation spot Sunday against the Mets, although that has not yet been confirmed by the club. Chacin has been on the disabled list the season’s first month with a shoulder strain. He has appeared in four minor-league rehab games.

Michael Cuddyer may be activated from the disabled list on Saturday when he is eligible. He is recovering from a strained left hamstring. Cuddyer was hitting .317 with three homers in 60 at-bats when he suffered the injury. Brandon Barnes and Blackmon have handled the right-field duty in Cuddyer’s absence. The lefty-hitting Blackmon is stationed in center field when the righty-hitting Barnes starts in right field.

• Third baseman Nolan Arenado has a 19-game hitting streak through Tuesday. That is the longest hitting streak in the majors this season, surpassing 17-gamers from the Marlins’ Christian Yelich and White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez earlier this season.

• No. 1 catcher Wilin Rosario has been sidelined since Saturday with a bruised left hand, which he injured swinging. There was no fracture detected. Jordan Pacheco has started three straight games through Tuesday.

Carlos Gonzalez has not homered since April 11. He is hitting .156 (10-for-64) with three RBIs and three walks (one intentional) in his past 16 games (15 starts) through Tuesday. Gonzalez nonetheless is the only active player in the majors with a streak of four straight 20-homer, 20-steal seasons.

Greg Burke headed to Rockies

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

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

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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?

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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 MLB.com.

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.

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