Rockies-Mets Preview


Matt Harvey continues to give the New York Mets hope for the future. Dillon Gee's recent success may be adding to it. Gee looks to continue his home dominance and help the Mets complete their first series sweep of the Colorado Rockies in over five years Thursday. New York (51-60) hasn't reached the postseason since 2006 and has finished with a losing record in each of the past four years. While at least the playoff drought is likely to continue, the Mets are feeling much better about their future thanks in large part to Harvey, who is second in the majors with a 2.09 ERA and leads the NL with 178 strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander only added to his resume Wednesday, when he tossed a four-hitter in a 5-0 win over Colorado (52-63) for his first career complete game. Gee (7-8, 3.97 ERA) gets the ball next as the Mets attempt to complete their first sweep of the Rockies since July 11-13, 2008, at Shea Stadium. Gee has been superb at Citi Field of late, going 2-0 with a 1.34 ERA in his last five starts. However, some help from his teammates could've made his record much more flattering. The right-hander has compiled a 1.29 ERA over his last three starts at home, but he doesn't have a decision since the team has backed him with five runs and the bullpen has been shaky. The relievers let Gee down Friday, when he yielded one run and three hits in seven innings before Eric Young's two-run, walkoff homer salvaged a 4-2 win in 11 over Kansas City. Both of Gee's career starts against the Rockies have come on the road, and he's split the decisions while posting a 6.17 ERA. Wilmer Flores is looking to build on his two hits and three RBIs from Wednesday. He was 0 for 4 with an error Tuesday, when he made his major league debut on his 22nd birthday while filling in for the injured David Wright at third base. "I think I was a little more relaxed," Flores said. Injuries are piling up for Colorado, which put slugger Carlos Gonzalez on the disabled list Wednesday with a sprained right middle finger. Tyler Chatwood is expected to join him after being scratched from Thursday's start due to elbow inflammation. The right-hander missed his previously scheduled start Tuesday with tightness in his left hamstring. "Tyler's been real good for us," manager Walt Weiss said. "When it rains it pours." While Weiss hasn't announced a starter for this game, Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 3.31) could be a candidate. The left-hander is slated to start the opener of this weekend's three-game series with Pittsburgh, but he's 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA over his last five appearances - four starts - against the Mets. De La Rosa has also won both of his starts at Citi Field despite allowing six runs in 13 innings. Colorado has been outscored 60-22 in going 1-8 on this 10-game road trip. Troy Tulowitzki is 3 for 29 with one homer and three RBIs over the last nine games and 0 for 12 with four strikeouts in the past three.