Coors Field will have a nostalgic feel to it Tuesday as the Rockies and Mets belatedly celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first game played in the history of the Colorado franchise.
The clubs will play a split doubleheader thanks to a snowstorm sweeping through the Denver area on Monday. Both of the scheduled Tuesday games could be in danger as well with wintery conditions remaining on the forecast.
For the first game, scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. MT, all players will wear No. 42 to commemorate Robinson breaking the color barrier on April 15, 1947. Monday's scheduled starting pitchers -- Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio and Mets righty Dillon Gee -- will instead take the mound for Tuesday's matinee.
Nicasio allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Giants his last time out while Dee surrendered seven runs in just three innings against the Phillies in his latest outing.
For the nightcap, the teams will wear throwback uniforms from the April 5, 1993 game, in which New York won, 3-0, at Shea Stadium, with the Mets in their home uniforms and the Rockies in their original road grays.
Jeff Francis will be on the mound for the Rockies. The left-hander suffered through the shortest outing of his career his last time out last Wednesday against the Giants, allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.
"It's hard to tell location from the dugout, but I'd assume he had too much plate with his pitches and didn't have quite the command where the balls were just off the plate, like they had been," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after the game. "Not quite the command. If Jeff is going to struggle, it's going to come down to that."
As for whom will counter Francis for the Mets, that decision is still up in the air as either Jeremy Hefner or Aaron Laffey could get the call. Although Mets manager Terry Collins said he may not decide upon the Game 2 starter until after Game 1 is under way, he referred to Hefner by name when asked about the situation. Bumping Hefner up in the rotation would allow the Mets to keep Laffey, their fifth starter, in reserve in case of further weather problems.
"It gets to be tough," Collins said. "Now your pitching is drastically affected, along with your pitching down the line here a little bit."
Laffey has allowed three earned runs over 5 1/3 combined innings this year in two appearances while Hefner has given up six runs in nine innings of work.
Mets: Marcum to test arm in Florida, could join club next week
Right-hander Shaun Marcum, who has yet to pitch this season due to neck and shoulder issues, is scheduled to throw three to four innings in a game-type atmosphere Thursday in Florida, according to Collins. That will preclude Marcum from rejoining the Mets this weekend, but could put him in line to do so next week.
Marcum, who signed a one-year deal with the Mets over the winter worth $4 million plus incentives, opened the season on the disabled list with nerve inflammation in his neck and has dealt with various levels of pain since mid-March.
Rockies: Fowler taking hot start in stride
Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler enters Tuesday's doubleheader batting .298 along with a .389 on-base percentage, six homers and nine RBIs in 12 games this season.
Fowler is sticking with a philosophy of not pressuring himself, whether he's hot or cold.
"It's not in your control at all," Fowler said. "Once you start trying to put things in your control, that's when you start messing up."
• The Mets have scored four or more runs in an inning six times this season.
• The Rockies got their first pinch-hit home run of the year on Sunday, coming off the bat of Todd Helton. Colorado tied for the Major League lead with the Mets last season in pinch-hit homers with 10.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.