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The Rockies recorded 10 hits and scored seven runs off of Bartolo Colon in less than five innings while the Mets struggled to do anything against Colorado starter Juan Nicasio. The end result was a thorough thumping on Thursday night that wasn't as close as the final 7-4 score would indicate.
Not much went right for the Mets during their first night in Denver, but at least Juan Lagares looked solid. The center fielder went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game back from the disabled list. Travis d'Arnaud tacked on a three-run home run in the ninth inning to make the final score look respectable.
Now that all the team's outfielders are finally healthy at the same time, Eric Young Jr. could be serving primarily as a backup. The speedster pinch-hit and drew a walk in Thursday's game.
With Eric Young Sr. being the Rockies' first base coach, the father and son got to reminisce about the days when the two were players on opposing sides.
With LaTroy Hawkins among the league leaders in saves, it's easy to speculate the the Mets should have offered him more money last winter before he took a $2.5 million offer from the Rockies. Hawkins, though, isn't upset that the Mets didn't offer him a substantial amount.
In media news, the Mets have seen ticket sales rise since last season, but television ratings continue to slide. Also, it seems the team doesn't want Mike Francesa to host his radio show outside of Citi Field during the Subway Series.
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