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MIA@NYM: Niese strikes out five in six frames of work

The Mets just can't seem to catch a break from the cold.

New York's Jeremy Hefner was ready to go for his first win of the season Wednesday, and his club wanted to recover from a frosty two-loss day against the Rockies in Tuesday's doubleheader.

That was all put on hold, as Wednesday marked the Mets' third game in four days postponed by snow. It was no picnic for the Rockies, either, who were looking to top their second five-game winning streak of the season before the snow arrived.

The Mets' Jon Niese will try to warm them up Thursday, as they push for a win at 1:10 p.m. MT (3:10 ET) at Coors Field. Niese won his last matchup with the Twins on Friday, but he also allowed five runs over five innings while walking four.

The left-hander will look to even out his 1-2 record against the Rockies over his six-year career, with his only win coming at Coors Field in 2011. Niese allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings in that May 12, 2011, matchup, and owns a career 5.87 ERA over 30 2/3 innings against the Rockies.

Jon Garland will make the start for Colorado after finishing with a no-decision against the Padres on Friday. Garland was strong in his first start against San Diego on April 6, allowing just two runs in a win, but he yielded three runs in six innings of his latest start.

The Rockies should be in good hands Thursday, as Garland has been stellar against the Mets over his career. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA over 33 innings against the Mets, and has never lost a home game against them.

Rockies: Gonzalez locked in
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez has been an offensive force for his club during its winning streak. The slugger is 9-for-15 with a homer, triple, three doubles, three RBIs and five walks in his last four games.

Mets: No excuses
The cold might have gotten to Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Tejada notched his sixth error in 13 games to help seal his club's loss as temps dropped to 34 degrees, the fourth lowest in Coors Field's history. Regardless, Tejada doesn't blame the weather.

"I have to do something to try to stay ready for every ground ball, every throw," he said. "It's really cold, but it's no excuse."

Worth noting
• It will be another chilly day Thursday. Temperatures will likely be in the mid-to-low 30s, but no more snow is expected.

• The Mets are already scheduled to fly to Minneapolis on Aug. 19 to make up last Sunday's game against the Twins. The makeup for Wednesday's postponed game has yet to be announced. Comments