05/11/11 12:55 PM EST
Rain pushes Rockies-Mets finale back a day
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Rain forced Wednesday afternoon's game against the Mets to be postponed until Thursday at 1:10 p.m. MT. The Rockies have dropped five or their past six games and seven of their past nine.
But after Tuesday night's 4-3 loss, during which Troy Tulowitzki, Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez all homered but just one other player made it as far as second base, Rockies manager Jim Tracy insists his team is not all wet.
The Rockies have received solid starting pitching, and the bullpen has come through more often than not. However, the lack of offensive scoring opportunities has been an issue. Tuesday was the sixth straight game in which the Rockies scored fewer than four runs.
"There are so many aspects of our game that are there, and one very important aspect of it [the offense] is not," Tracy said after Tuesday's game. "If the other aspects of our game were not there, I promise you we wouldn't be 19-15 and in first place.
"If there were other things we were faltering on bullpen-wise, or ... faltering starting pitching, or we were sloppy defensively with as few scoring opportunities as we've had the last week or so and create additional scoring opportunities for the other side of the field -- that would be a monumental task for us right now."
The pitching matchups for Thursday's game will be unchanged. Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2, 5.88 ERA), who held the Giants to one run in six innings in his most recent start but received a no-decision in Colorado's 3-2 loss, will face Jonathon Niese (1-4, 4.71 ERA).
Most likely, the rainout means a swap of assignments next week when the Rockies and Giants play a two-game set at Coors. Righty Clayton Mortensen (0-0, 0.64 ERA), who was scheduled for the second game, is expected to switch to the first game, with Jimenez moving from the first game to the second.
Tickets from Wednesday may be used Thursday. But those wishing to exchange tickets can do so for any game throughout the remainder of the season on a value-for-value, best-available-seating basis, as long as the exchange is made before May 17. Complimentary tickets have a value of zero dollars and cannot be exchanged, and discounted tickets may be exchanged only for the amount paid to the Rockies and are subject to constraints applicable to the original sale. There will be no cash refunds.
Ticket changes will be accepted at the Coors Field Ticket Office and all Rockies Dugout Store locations. Tickets purchased through StubHub must be returned to StubHub for refund or exchange, and are not valid for exchange at the ticket office or the Dugout Stores.
The 9News Weather and Science Day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, before the 1:10 p.m. game against the Giants at Coors Field. Anyone who planned to attend the event on Wednesday may exchange tickets at the Coors Field Ticket Office.
Thursday's game will be televised on Root Sports and broadcast on 850 KOA radio. Parking lots will open at 10 a.m., early gates (A and E) open at 11 a.m., and gates B, C and D open at 11:30 a.m. Day-of-game Rockpile will go on sale at the Gate A ticket windows at 10:30 a.m.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.