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Series preview: Mets vs. Rockies

August, 5, 2013
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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.


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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.

Mini-Series preview: Mets at Rockies

June, 27, 2013
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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.

Rapid Reaction: Rockies 11, Mets 3

April, 18, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets were swept in a snow-shortened series at Colorado with an 11-3 loss Thursday afternoon.

The first-pitch temperature officially was 28 degrees -- matching the lowest recorded in the 20-year history of baseball in Denver.

The Mets (7-7) fell to .500.

Jack Dempsey/Associated PressTerry Collins argues a non-call during Thursday's game.
After dropping two of three in Philadelphia, then winning both games in an abbreviated series at Minnesota, the Mets lost three straight against the Rockies to complete the three-city trip.

The Mets have now lost a franchise-record seven straight games to Colorado.

Wednesday's postponed game will be made up June 27 at 6:10 p.m. ET at Coors Field.

POISON PEN: Colorado posted six runs in the seventh -- all with two outs -- against Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia to turn a 3-2 score into a rout.

The big blows came on a two-run single by Wilin Rosario and a two-run double by Todd Helton, both against Atchison. Two runs were charged to Edgin. Three runs were charged to Atchison. One was charged to Familia, who was making his first appearance since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Jeremy Hefner -- working in relief in preparation for Saturday’s start, since he had not pitched since April 10 -- surrendered solo homers to Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki in the eighth.

In the three-game series, Mets relievers allowed 18 runs (16 earned) and 22 hits in 11 innings.

ALMOST FAMOUS: David Wright twice drove in Daniel Murphy, the second instance in the sixth to even the score at 2.

Tulowitzki answered a half-inning later, though. Tulo’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth scored Carlos Gonzalez, who had doubled and advanced to third base on an error by left fielder Jordany Valdespin.

Gonzalez went 8-for-13 with four extra-base hits in the series.

Wright went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs on Thursday. He is now hitting .392 with 38 RBIs in 32 career games at Coors Field.

Trailing 3-2, the Mets got a one-out double from Marlon Byrd in the seventh against Jon Garland, but stranded Byrd in scoring position when Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada grounded out.

L: Jonathon Niese suffered his first 2013 loss. He allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three in a 96-pitch effort spanning six innings. Niese (2-1) surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to Josh Rutledge.

WHAT’S NEXT: Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg face off Friday night at Citi Field as the Mets open a nine-game homestand. The Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies visit Queens.

Mets morning briefing 4.29.12

April, 29, 2012
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Lucas Duda belted a two-run homer and Dillon Gee gave the bullpen relief by completing seven innings and tossing a career-high 116 pitches as the Mets bounced back from Friday's lopsided loss with a 7-5 win against the Rockies on Saturday night.

Sunday's news reports:

• In this afternoon's series finale, Johan Santana opposes a 49-year southpaw, Jamie Moyer. Moyer has a 2.28 ERA through four starts this season after missing last year following Tommy John surgery.

“Surgery was my only choice, even if I didn’t play," Moyer told Roger Rubin in the Daily News. "To resume a normal life -- swing a golf club, play catch with my kids, throw them batting practice, be a normal person -- I had to have it. My rehab went well. It felt good playing catch and it felt good after my throwing program. I feel like looking back, if I didn’t try I would have always asked myself, ‘Could you have pitched?’ Right now I am finding out whether I can or I can’t.” Read more in the Times.

Santana is pitching on regular rest for the first time this season. The Mets have not scored a run with Santana on the mound in any of his four starts this season. Santana also has never pitched at high-altitude Coors Field. If Santana fails to be credited with a win Sunday, it will mark the first time since his rookie season he is without a victory in his first five starts of a season. He was winless in his five starts in 2000 with the Minnesota Twins, although that season he did pick up a pair of wins while making 25 relief appearances. Read more in the Record and Daily News.

• Read game recaps from Saturday's bounceback win in the Daily News, Post, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

• Despite the Mets facing three southpaws in the final four games of the trip, Terry Collins said Ike Davis will remain in the lineup for the remainder of the games out west. Davis singled and walked Saturday. He also sent one shot deep, which center fielder Dexter Fowler raced backward to corral. And he lined out to second baseman Marco Scutaro. Davis had been given Friday off in favor of Zach Lutz at first base against left-hander Drew Pomeranz. “I think he looks better,” hitting coach Dave Hudgens told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger. “He’s about ready to go.” Read more in the Post.

Andres Torres, who landed on the DL after straining his left calf on Opening Day, completed a rehab assignment Saturday by going 1-for-3 with a walk, sacrifice bunt and run scored for Triple-A Buffalo. Torres is due to rejoin the Mets on Monday in Houston and should reoccupy center field. During five rehab games between Class A St. Lucie and Buffalo, Torres hit .263 (5-for-19) with one RBI, three steals, two walks and three strikeouts.

Vinny Rottino drove in Omar Quintanilla in the bottom of the ninth and Buffalo beat Rochester, 4-3, Saturday. Jeremy Hefner, in his first game since tossing three scoreless innings for the Mets against San Francisco, had the longest outing by a Bisons pitcher this season -- 7 2/3 innings. (Hefner was ineligible to replace Chris Schwinden in the rotation Wednesday in Houston, even if the Mets were inclined to do so, because he is required to spend 10 full days in the minors after being optioned.) Read the full minor league recap here.

Mike Kerwick in the Record wonders what type of card -- sympathy, thank you, etc. -- he ought to purchase Mike Pelfrey, who is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery this week. Pelfrey is traveling to Gulf Breeze, Fla., Monday to visit Dr. James Andrews. Pelfrey appears likely to be non-tendered in December. Writes Kerwick:

Teams always need pitching. A general manager with some gamble in him will roll the dice after that right elbow heals. But I wouldn't bank on getting a call from the Mets. I grab a card with Yoda on the cover. A challenge you face … succeed you will! We'll see about that. But I like the sentiment. It even plays the theme from "Star Wars."

TRIVIA: The Mets and Houston both debuted in 1962. Which Astros pitcher notched the most career wins against the Mets since their births?

Saturday's answer: Todd Helton is the Rockies' all-time leader in RBIs with 1,320 -- including on a fourth-inning double that scored Carlos Gonzalez on Saturday night. Larry Walker ranks second with 848. The rest of the top five: Dante Bichette 826, Vinny Castilla 745 and Andres Galarraga 579.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Rockies 5

April, 28, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: A night after surrendering 18 runs and committing six errors, the Mets bounced back.

Lucas Duda homered and matched a career high with four RBIs and David Wright went 3-for-4, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the Mets beat the Rockies, 7-5, Saturday night at Coors Field.

Duda's two-run homer in the second inning, against right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, was the right fielder's first long ball since April 14 against Vance Worley in Philadelphia. Duda then delivered a two-run single in the fifth to give the Mets a 6-4 lead.

Duda also had produced four RBIs on June 25 of last season at Texas.

Ruben Tejada had another three hits, giving him seven in two games of the series. Daniel Murphy, who is due to get his first day off of the season during the upcoming Houston series, also had three hits Saturday.

One of the few downsides: Josh Thole lost a 10-game hitting streak and failed to reach base for the first time in 19 games with a plate appearance this season. The latter streak is the longest by a catcher to start a season in franchise history.

IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY: Pitching on his 26th birthday, Dillon Gee allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in a desperately needed seven innings after Friday's debacle. Gee threw a career-high 116 pitches. He retired the final seven Rockies he faced while evening his record at 2-2.

Gee's previous high pitch count had been 108 -- done twice, including last season against the Yankees, when he also allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Gee had trailed 4-3 after surrendering an RBI single to the opposing pitcher Moscoso in the fourth. It was the first hit of Moscoso's professional career -- in the majors or minors.

Tim Byrdak tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. Frank Francisco notched his fifth save despite surrendering a two-out solo homer in the ninth to Dexter Fowler, then a triple by Tyler Colvin that brought Jason Giambi to the plate as the tying run. Giambi lined out to Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center field to end the game.

WHAT'S NEXT: Johan Santana opposes 49-year-old Jamie Moyer in Sunday's 3:10 p.m. ET rubber game. Santana will pitch on standard rest for the first time this season. He also will pitch at Coors Field for the first time in his career. The Mets have yet to score for Santana while he has been on the mound in any of his four starts.

Rapid Reaction: Rockies 18, Mets 9

April, 28, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Ugggh!

The Mets matched franchise records by surrendering 11 runs and committing four errors in a debacle of a fifth inning as the good feelings of a three-game home sweep of the Marlins dissipated in Denver's thin air.

The Rockies turned a four-run deficit into a seven-run lead while facing Chris Schwinden and Manny Acosta in the disastrous frame. The Mets ultimately lost 18-9 on Friday night at Coors Field.

The Mets committed six errors overall, one shy of matching the franchise record -- seven against Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, 1996.

The 18 runs allowed were the most since an 18-6 loss to San Diego on May 31, 2010.

Scott Hairston did hit for the 10th cycle in franchise history in the loss. The other cyclists:

Jose Reyes (June 21, 2006 vs. Cincinnati);
Eric Valent (July 29, 2004 at Montreal);
John Olerud (Sept. 11, 1997 vs. Montreal);
Alex Ochoa (July 3, 1996 at Philadelphia);
Kevin McReynolds (Aug. 1, 1989 at St. Louis);
Keith Hernandez (July 4, 1985 at Atlanta);
Mike Phillips (June 25, 1976 at Chicago);
Tommie Agee (July 6, 1970 vs. St. Louis);
Jim Hickman (Aug. 7, 1963 vs. St. Louis).

Schwinden, who had picked up his first pro RBI in a four-run top of the fifth, opened the bottom half with a throwing error. Zach Lutz, who had his first major league hit that previous half-inning, committed an error, too. Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas also had errors as a 6-2 lead turned into a 13-6 deficit.

The final tally for the bottom of the fifth: 11 runs, 10 earned runs, seven hits, four errors, two Terry Collins arguments with umpires, three-run homers by Carlos Gonzalez (off Schwinden) and Dexter Fowler (off Acosta), three walks and a hit by pitch among the 15 Rockies batters.

The other times the Mets allowed 11 runs in an inning: at Atlanta on April 7, 2004; at San Diego on April 1, 1997; vs. Houston on July 30, 1969; and at St. Louis on July 18, 1964.

The other times the Mets committed four errors in an inning: vs. St. Louis on April 4, 1996; vs. San Diego on May 1, 1991; and at Chicago on June 9, 1987.

Hairston's and Tejada's four hits apiece set/matched career highs.

Schwinden was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk in four-plus innings.

How strange was the game? Josh Thole was charged with catcher's interference in the seventh inning -- on a pitchout.

WHAT'S NEXT: Collins said pregame that this was not intended to be one start and done for Schwinden in Mike Pelfrey's vacated rotation spot.

Series preview: Mets at Rockies

April, 27, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Drew Pomeranz, ageless Jamie Moyer and Jeremy Guthrie this weekend at Coors Field.
METS (11-8, third place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (9-9, third place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05 at Triple-A Buffalo) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 6.75), 8:40 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-2, 5.21) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.92), 8:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 3.00) vs. LHP Jamie Moyer (1-2, 2.28), 3:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• With an April 17 victory against the San Diego Padres, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game, at 49 years, 151 days. The victory, the 268th of his career, tied Jim Palmer for 34th all time. Next up: Mike Mussina and Burleigh Grimes at 270. Moyer actually has been Colorado’s best starting pitcher so far this season, despite the 1-2 record. He is the only Rockie to complete at least five innings in each of his starts. He received a no-decision in his last start despite limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to one run in six innings at PNC Park. Moyer missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, which he only intended to have in order to throw batting practice to his children. But he felt so good while rehabbing, he opted to make a comeback. Moyer needs two strikeouts to match Luis Tiant for 36th all time, with 2,416.

• Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez produced his first two homers of the season Tuesday at Pittsburgh, off Kevin Correia and Tony Watson. Gonzalez had been weakened by a battle with strep throat that caused him to miss three games. He is just starting to regain his strength.


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Marco Scutaro has needed to readjust to second base after primarily playing shortstop with the Red Sox in recent seasons.


• The Dec. 16 signing of former Minnesota Twin Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5 million contract marked the first time the organization had opened the purse strings for a major free-agent acquisition since 2000. That year, Colorado signed Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle. (The Hampton signing gave the Mets the compensatory draft pick they used to select David Wright 38th overall in June ’01). Cuddyer, who grew up with Wright in Norfolk, Va., has been the Rockies’ most productive hitter so far with a .303 average, two homers and 11 RBIs in 66 at-bats. A first-time All-Star last season in the American League, Cuddyer has taken over the right-field role held by Seth Smith and Ryan Spilborghs in 2011.

• The Rockies acquired Marco Scutaro from the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 21 for right-hander Clayton Mortensen. Scutaro started 102 games at shortstop and two games at second base last season, but is being asked to play the latter position with the Rockies. He initially looked shaky, but has progressed since the start of the season.

• Two-time reigning Gold Glove winner Troy Tulowitzki already has matched last season’s error total with six. On a wet day, he airmailed two throws for errors. Three days later, Tulowitzki then had a second two-error day. Teammate Jason Giambi played fielding highlights for Tulowitzki to try to settle the Rockies’ shaken shortstop. The six errors are one shy of Starlin Castro’s NL-leading total with the Chicago Cubs. Tulowitzki has this to fall back on: He is a lifetime .328 hitter with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 116 at-bats against the Mets.

• The Rockies are targeting 110 starts for 38-year-old Todd Helton at first base this season. Helton does not play day games after starting night games. Giambi is the primary alternative. Helton’s 1,318 RBIs are the most in Rockies franchise history. He and Wright are the only two active players who lead their organizations in most runs driven in. Helton and R.A. Dickey were baseball teammates at the University of Tennessee.

• Closer Rafael Betancourt is 6-for-6 in save conversions. Matt Belisle (1.23 ERA) is now the primary setup man. Rex Brothers (4.05 ERA) began the season in that role, but is now more likely to handle the seventh.

• Left-hander Drew Pomeranz was the centerpiece prospect returned in last July’s trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians. The 23-year-old southpaw was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft, out of the University of Mississippi. The Mets then selected Matt Harvey seventh overall. With the Rockies not needing a fifth starter the first time through the rotation, Pomeranz began the season with a start with Double-A Tulsa to keep his innings count in check. Friday’s outing will mark his seventh career major league start.

Jeremy Guthrie was acquired at the start of spring training from the Baltimore Orioles for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.

• With center fielder Dexter Fowler struggling (.222), lefty-hitting Tyler Colvin has chipped away at some of his playing time. Colvin was acquired from the Cubs with infielder D.J. LeMahieu on Dec. 8 for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers.

• Right-hander Juan Nicasio, whom the Mets will not face, is an inspirational story. He is coming back from a broken neck, which he suffered on a line drive off the bat of Washington’s Ian Desmond last Aug. 5.

• Defensive-oriented third baseman Chris Nelson is hitting .224.

Jorge De La Rosa, returning from Tommy John surgery, is due to pitch in an extended spring training game Friday.

Matchups

Schwinden vs. Rockies (career: never faced)

Gee vs. Rockies (career: never faced)

Santana vs. Rockies (career: 2-0, 0.00 ERA)
Troy Tulowitzki .429, 2 K, 7 PA
Todd Helton .333, 3 PA
Marco Scutaro .250, 1 RBI, 3 K, 12 PA
Carlos Gonzalez .250, 1 K, 4 PA
Jason Giambi .227, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K, 23 PA
Dexter Fowler .200, 2 BB, 3 K, 7 PA
Ramon Hernandez .190, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 22 PA
Michael Cuddyer .000, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 PA

Pomeranz vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Guthrie vs. Mets (career: 0-2, 4.73 ERA)
David Wright .500, 2 RBI, 1 K, 6 PA
Scott Hairston .333, 3 PA
Ike Davis .333, 2 K, 3 PA
Daniel Murphy .000, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 1 K, 3 PA

Moyer vs. Mets (career: 10-6, 3.94 ERA)
Daniel Murphy .500, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 6 PA
David Wright .415, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 56 PA
Scott Hairston .000, 2 BB, 11 PA
Ike Davis .000, 1 BB, 3 PA

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Coors Field, May 9-12, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Rockies 2, Mets 1: Chris Capuano was stellar on the mound and shoddy at the plate. Capuano (2-4) made one key mistake in 6 2/3 strong innings, hanging an 81 mph slider to Chris Iannetta, who broke a tie in the seventh inning with a low liner that just cleared the left-field fence. The pitcher's performance at the plate, though, left something to be desired. He struck out three times, including once with the bases loaded in the sixth. That's simply the way the night went for the Mets, who left 10 runners on base and dropped to 0-5 against Colorado this season including a four-game sweep at Citi Field last month. Once again, they struggled to come up with the timely hit. New York is 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position over the last two games.

Mets 4, Rockies 3: Mike Pelfrey hit a tiebreaking, two-run double and limited the Rockies to three solo homers. Ike Davis left in the fifth inning after he strained his left calf when he appeared to trip over third baseman David Wright's foot as the two closed in on a pop up by the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki. Wright hung on to the ball near the mound for the second out of the fourth inning as Davis tumbled to the ground. Davis bounced up quickly but was limping noticeably. He remained in the game for the final out of the inning, then was replaced. The Mets had lost all five of their games to the Rockies this season but finally put together a couple of rallies against their new nemesis to counter home runs by Troy Tulowitzki, Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez. Despite the trio of long balls he served up, Pelfrey (3-3) allowed six hits over 6 2/3 innings and improved to 6-2 lifetime against the Rockies, who have lost seven of nine but remain atop the NL West. Pelfrey's outing was cut short by a nearly hour-long rain delay in the seventh inning.

Mets 9, Rockies 5: Carlos Beltran hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to help the Mets beat Ubaldo Jimenez in a game delayed more than two hours by rain. Beltran homered from both sides of the plate and reached all parts of the ballpark with his three two-run homers: straightaway center in the first, deep left in the seventh and into the right-field seats in the ninth. The switch-hitting outfielder became the eighth Mets player to hit three in a game, and first since Jose Reyes on Aug. 15, 2006, at Philadelphia. Reyes hit a two-run single in the fourth that chased Jimenez (0-3) and kept the Rockies' ace searching for his elusive first win of the season. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his shortest stint of the season, surrendering five runs and three hits while walking six. Relying on his curveball, Jon Niese (2-4) was solid for 6 1/3 innings while allowing solo homers to Jonathan Herrera and Todd Helton.

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BAD. Murphy .297
HRL. Duda 22
RBIL. Duda 66
RD. Murphy 69
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
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