The road was an unfriendly place for the 2010 Colorado Rockies. They were the worst road offense in the league by a significant margin last season, and it was a major reason why they missed the playoffs last season. Looking to improve their road hitting approach, Colorado hired Carney Lansford as their new hitting coach. Early reports are in, as the Rockies won their first road series of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates by scoring 22 runs in their first four games.
Colorado (6-2) will now head to Queens, where they will start a four game series against the New York Mets (4-4). The Mets have a 4-4 record and are coming off a series split versus the Washington Nationals. They are out to a 4-4 start on the season, and have enjoyed solid offensive production. 1B Ike Davis is enjoying a superlative beginning to his sophomore season, batting .345 with a 1.032 OPS, and stars 3B David Wright and RF Carlos Beltran are both doing their best to overcome last year's injuries. LF Willie Harris is enjoying a strong start as well.
On the mound, RA Dickey and offseason acquisition Chris Young have performed well in limited time. Former Rockies RHP Taylor Buchholz enjoyed a strong spring, and has produced well in his four appearances, allowing only a single run. D.J. Carrasco and Bobby Parnell have also helped stabilize a Mets bullpen that was below average last season.
The pitching matchups for the four game series are as follows:
Monday, April 10 Jason Hammel vs Mike Pelfrey
Tuesday, April 11 5:10 p.m. MDT Esmil Rogers vs Jon Niese
Wednesday, April 12 5:10 p.m. MDT Jorge De La Rosa vs R.A. Dickey
Thursday, April 13 11:10 a.m. MDT Greg Reynolds vs Chris Capuano
This will likely be the last start for Reynolds in the rotation, as Ubaldo Jimenez appears to be recovering from his cuticle injury and will return to the rotation in time for his scheduled April 17 start against the Chicago Cubs.