Rockies, Mets get snowed out

The SportsXchange

DENVER -- The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies will try to play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday after heavy snow caused the postponement of their game Monday night.

It was the second consecutive postponement for the Mets. Cold weather prevented them from playing the Twins on Sunday at Minnesota.

Colorado and New York are due to play a four-game series on the Mets' only scheduled trip to Denver this season, but the weather forecast for the balance of the series is iffy.

The teams are scheduled to play Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. MDT with Dillon Gee starting for the Mets against Juan Nicasio. The same pitchers were scheduled to go Monday night. The second game is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MDT. Jeff Francis is scheduled to pitch for the Rockies. Mets manager Terry Collins did not name his starter, saying it could be Aaron Laffey or Jeremy Hefner.

Laffey is the Mets' fifth starter, and his turn skipped until the Mets needed him to fill that spot in the rotation April 7. Hefner made his last start Wednesday at Philadelphia.

"We just saw a weather report that this front that's going through today, there's one coming in tomorrow night that's worse than this one," Collins said Monday. "So whether it's going to affect the 6:40 game tomorrow night or whether it's going to affect Wednesday's game, we don't know yet. We'll just have to adjust."

The postponement was the first this season for the Rockies, who were scheduled to begin a 10-day, 10-game homestand Monday after sweeping a three-game weekend series at San Diego. Because the Mets didn't play Sunday, a second day off was of more concern to them.

"The issue is for the pitchers to throw," Collins said. "There's really no place for them to throw indoors. I hate to take them outside when they can't see or they're sliding around on the snow. I don't need to blow a groin out because they're trying to play catch."

Several of the Mets pitchers did play catch briefly despite the heavy snow. Collins said that Jonathon Niese, who is scheduled to start against the Rockies on Thursday, would throw Monday on an indoor mound.

In the first game Tuesday, players on both teams will wear No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Teams throughout the majors honored Robinson by wearing his number on Monday, the 66th anniversary of his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Matt Harvey, who is 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA in three starts for the Mets, is scheduled to start Friday in New York against Washington's Stephen Strasburg, who is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA. That matchup of young aces likely won't be affected by the winter weather in Colorado.

"I don't think I'm going to mess too much with Matt Harvey at this particular moment," Collins said. "I would imagine that he's still on track for Friday. I don't know who's pitching Saturday and Sunday."

Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis went to high school in Denver and found himself something of a sounding board and meteorologist for incredulous reporters traveling with the Mets.

"New York people want to come to the Colorado kid to see if this normal," he said. "I'm not really that surprised. They asked if it's ever like this in April. We saw the weather forecast (predicting snow Monday). I told them, 'Anything can happen. Don't trust the forecast in Colorado.' It turned out to be right this time. So we'll see what happens the next few days."

NOTES: Collins said pitcher Shaun Marcum, who has been on the disabled list since March 22 with right biceps tendinitis, is scheduled to throw three or four innings Thursday. ... Second baseman Josh Rutledge was not in the lineup the Rockies planned to use Monday. He has one hit in his past 17 at-bats, a ninth-inning home run Friday night off Padres closer Huston Street. Jonathan Herrera was scheduled to make his second start Monday. He started at shortstop on April 7. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs, including at least one homer in each of their first 11 games, a franchise record to open the season. It's the longest stretch with a homer in every game at the outset of the season since the Tampa Bay Rays hit a home run in their first 12 games in 2007. The Rockies have homered in all but one of their 12 games, and their total of 21 home runs led the majors entering Monday.
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