Colorado (6-2) at New York (4-5)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Mon Apr 11, 2011
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Mike Pelfrey(notes) hasn’t made it through five innings in either of his first two starts while compiling an unsightly ERA.

A matchup with the Colorado Rockies may be just what he needs.

The New York Mets’ right-hander, who has dominated Colorado in recent seasons, will be on the mound when the teams open a four-game series at Citi Field on Monday night.

With Johan Santana(notes) recovering from shoulder surgery, Pelfrey started the Mets’ opener, but he hasn’t looked anything like an ace in two woeful outings.

After walking four in 4 1-3 innings of a 6-2 opening-day loss to Florida, Pelfrey (0-1, 15.63 ERA) put New York in a 7-0 hole in two-plus innings Wednesday at Philadelphia. The Mets rallied to tie the game but still lost 10-7.

“I was bad last week, and I was even worse (Wednesday),” Pelfrey said. “I let them down again. … I’ve definitely got to be better than what happened.”

He’s been much better against the Rockies, beating them five times in six starts since the beginning of 2008.

Pelfrey didn’t allow a run in any of those victories, including a pair of scoreless seven-inning performances last season. He outdueled Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) in a 1-0 home win Aug. 10.

Making his first home start of 2011 may also help Pelfrey, who was 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA in Queens last year, compared with 5-6 with a 4.95 ERA on the road.

Colorado’s Jason Hammel(notes) may not be as thrilled to get a start at Citi Field.

Hammel (1-0, 7.20) has lost both of his previous outings in Queens, where he had his shortest career start - 1 1-3 innings - in a 7-0 defeat July 30, 2009. He pitched better last Aug. 12, but Santana went the distance in the Mets’ 4-0 win.

Run support was not a problem in Hammel’s 2011 debut. He allowed four runs in five innings Wednesday but the Rockies beat Los Angeles 7-5.

Colorado (6-2) defeated Pittsburgh 6-5 on Sunday, taking three out of four in its first road series. The Rockies lost their final eight road games last year, and are 4-23 when visiting the Mets since 2003.

“There were a lot of things we didn’t do well on the road last year,” manager Jim Tracy said. “So we went back to the drawing board in spring training. … We have certainly addressed some things. We’ve done a better job of executing and hopefully we’ll take it along with us and take us to a better place.”

New York (4-5) began its home slate by dropping two of three to Washington. The Mets were in position to win the deciding game Sunday after seven strong innings from Chris Young, but D.J. Carrasco(notes) squandered a two-run lead in the eighth and the Nationals won 7-3 in 11 innings.

“It’s horrible, man,” Carrasco said. “To just come in there and give the game away like that is very frustrating.”

They shook up their roster after the game. Lucas Duda(notes), who misjudged a fly ball in the eighth, was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, while losing pitcher Blaine Boyer(notes) was designated for assignment. They were replaced by right-handers Jason Isringhausen(notes) and Ryota Igarashi(notes).

Pelfrey may want to be careful with Colorado in the first inning. The Rockies, who jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead Sunday, have outscored opponents 14-1 in the first inning this season.

It’s unclear if they’ll have outfielder Carlos Gonzalez(notes) in the lineup after he missed Sunday’s game due to flu-like symptoms.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Hammel ChC vs. M. Pelfrey Min
7-13 Record 7-13
4.76 ERA 4.74
94 K 105
68 BB 65
1.43 WHIP 1.47


Monday, Apr 11