The opponent and city may change, but the weather continues to be an additional hurdle for the New York Mets .
After rain and snow postponed their latest scheduled contest, the Mets will need to contend with the elements again as they try to solve Tulowitzki and end a four-game skid to the Rockies on Monday night.
New York (7-4) spent the weekend freezing in Minneapolis, and the finale of a three-game series was postponed to Aug. 19 due to rain and snow. Before that, the Mets outscored the Twins 20-7 to win the first two games of the set, overcoming temperatures in the 30s and snow.
It looks like this four-game series will be played under similar conditions in Denver, as Monday's forecast calls for snow and temperatures in the 30s.
The Mets have won four of the last five games there, including two of three from April 27-29, but that series was played with temperatures reaching as high as 60.
New York, though, is 4-10 in the last 14 overall meetings with the Rockies (8-4), getting swept in a four-game set at home from Aug. 20-23.
Tulowitzki missed that series recovering from a groin injury, but he has a .420 average with six homers and 11 RBIs in his last 12 matchups. The All-Star shortstop, a career .328 hitter versus New York, enters this series batting .325 with three homers and 11 RBIs.
Colorado is opening a 10-game homestand after completing a three-game series sweep at San Diego with Sunday's 2-1 victory.
The Rockies also swept the Padres at home from April 5-7 in their only home series so far.
"We've had some success on the road early, but for us to win a division we have to dominate at home," first-year manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website. "We have an opportunity now to make somewhat of a statement."
Weiss is scheduled to give Juan Nicasio (1-0, 4.91 ERA) his first home start of the season, but he's 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in his last four at Coors Field.
The right-hander struggled while not getting a decision Tuesday, surrendering four runs and five hits with five walks in five innings of a 9-6 loss at San Francisco.
Nicasio is facing the Mets for the first time, and he'll have to contend with a team hitting .316 with six doubles, two triples and two homers over the last two games as the bats continue to show dramatic improvement.
New York has a .272 average with 15 homers while averaging 6.3 runs - 2.3 more than last year when it batted .249.
The team has established a franchise record by homering in each of its 11 games this season, and is in position to become the first club to homer in its first 12 since Tampa Bay in 2007.
Despite the power display, David Wright is still seeking his first homer. The third baseman, though, had four hits - two for extra bases - and five RBIs over the past two games, and owns a .385 average - his best at any NL park - with 33 RBIs in 29 visits to Coors.
Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) earned a 7-5 win in his only start against the Rockies on the road April 28, yielding four runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings. However, he allowed Tulowitzki to go 2 for 3.
The right-hander, though, has a 6.86 ERA while losing four straight away starts. His latest performance away from New York was the shortest start of his career, as he surrendered seven runs and 10 hits - three homers - in three innings of Tuesday's 8-3 loss to Philadelphia.
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|March 22, 2013||Jenrry Mejia||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Frank Francisco||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|March 22, 2013||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Neck strain|
|March 22, 2013||Johan Santana||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|February 14, 2013||Edwar Cabrera||60-Day DL||Left shoulder impingement|
DENVER (AP) -- Ike Davis and the New York Mets have seen more snowballs than fastballs on their freezing road trip.
A spring storm covered Coors Field in ankle-deep snow Monday, forcing the postponement of New York's game against the Colorado Rockies - the Mets' second straight postponement. Wintry conditions in Minneapolis on Sunday forced their game against the Twins to be called off and rescheduled for Aug. 19.
"This is unbelievable," Davis said. "We're just sitting here. Nowhere to go. I don't know how you could have played in this. You can't see."
The teams are now scheduled to play a split doubleheader Tuesday, with the opener set to begin at 1:10 p.m. The nightcap will be at 6:40 p.m., as previously scheduled.
Weather forecasts, however, call for more snow and also rain on Tuesday.
Determined to loosen up their arms a bit, Mets pitchers played catch in the snow for about 15 minutes Monday.
"The snow was over the tops of our shoes, up towards your ankle," left-hander Aaron Laffey said. "It was like being a kid again, just out there trying to play catch. But it was kind of goofy, having snow like that on a major league baseball field. You just don't expect that to happen."
After the impromptu workout, New York bullpen coach Ricky Bones walked up the runway between the dugout and clubhouse with his catcher's mitt filled with snow. He playfully banged it against the wall, knocking a mound of snow to the floor.
"As a player, I played in some snow in Milwaukee, but never this much," he said. "But it was amazing how cold it got out there."
Laffey said it reminded him of being back home in Maryland.
"In my high school days, we'd have snow typically for our first couple of games of the high school baseball season, but never that much snow," he said. "I've definitely played in some snowy ballgames. It reminded me of back home the day we left for spring training. We got like 8 inches of snow, right before we headed to Florida."
Because of the postponement, the Coors Field commemoration of Jackie Robinson Day also was shifted from Monday night to the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
New York right-hander Dillon Gee (0-2) was scheduled to pitch against Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio (1-0) in the first game. Mets manager Terry Collins said he had not yet decided on a starter for the nightcap, though it likely will be either Laffey (0-0) or Jeremy Hefner (0-2). The Rockies are set to go with lefty Jeff Francis (1-1).
The game was the first to be snowed out at Coors Field since April 3, 2011, against Arizona. The weather still could play havoc with the series, too.
Having a second consecutive game called off because of the weather "gets to be tough," Collins said.
"Now, your pitching is drastically affected, along with your pitching down the line a little bit," he said. "But it is what it is, and I certainly understand the thought process today and understood the thought process yesterday.
"When you're scheduled to play in these two towns that we were in, you've got a chance to run into bad weather at this time of year and we have. We just adjust."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss ' scheduled availability with reporters before the game was canceled.