The New York Mets (15-11) head back out West to kick off a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies (16-13) Thursday night at Coors Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM EST. Both teams have been playing great baseball, rebounding after opening series losses to post plus-.500 records through the first month of the season. The Mets are 7-3 on the road in 2014, while the Rockies are 8-4 at Coors Field.
Mets Starting Lineup
- CF Juan Lagares
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- LF Chris Young
- RF Curtis Granderson
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Bartolo Colon
Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year. In two career starts against the Rox, Colon is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA with twelve strikouts.
Juan Nicasio (2-1, 5.27 ERA) starts for Colorado, coming off a rough outing last Saturday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers scored five runs on eight hits (including two home runs) off Nicasio in just 4.1 innings of work as he suffered his first loss of the season. He's struggled with the long ball, allowing five homers across his first five starts. In his only career start against the Mets on April 16, 2013, Nicasio allowed four runs on six hits in five innings of work, picking up the win in an 8-4 rout.
- Upon activating centerfielder Juan Lagares from the disabled list (hamstring), the Mets optioned CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to AAA Las Vegas. Nieuwenhuis was 4-for-18 with a homer and five RBI in nine games this season.
- Outfielder and leadoff man Charlie Blackmon leads the Rockies with a .374 average through his first 99 at-bats.