Colorado (17-23) at New York (19-22)

Cloudy Currently: New York, NY
Temp: 64° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri May 21, 2004
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New York is hoping to overcome its inconsistent play and a rash of injuries as it opens a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium.

New York has dropped two straight games, leaving it three games under .500 as it begins the weekend series. The Mets lost 11-4 to St. Louis on Thursday.

“When you get close to the edge like that, you have to push it over and find a way to get it done,” said Mike Cameron, after the Mets left 11 men on base. “This is one we lost. We let it slip away. We could have jumped on (them) early and we let them hang around. You can’t do that with the hitters they have. It’s frustrating more so than anything else.”

The Mets learned before the game that Al Leiter was headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

Leiter is the latest in a rash of injuries that have affected the Mets this season. Second baseman Jose Reyes, the team’s top prospect has yet to play a game after a promising rookie campaign a year ago, Setup man David Weathers has been hampered by a sore bicep, and Cameron is nursing strained tendons on his left hand.

Colorado lost to Cincinnati 3-1 on Thursday night, the team’s second straight defeat after winning the series opener, 8-3. The Rockies, just 6-12 on the road this season, are still just 5 1/2 games behind NL West leader San Diego.

However, Colorado—which has never had a winning road record in team history and is just 338-523 there since the franchise joined the league in 1993—will play 15 of its next 21 away from Coors Field.

“We just have to keep battling, playing hard (wherever we are),” said first baseman Todd Helton. “See what happens.”

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