--The Rockies and Mets were rained and will make up their final game of a three-game series and final game of the 2011 season series on Thursday at Coors Field. This was the fourth postponement for the Rockies, equaling the number they had in 2010. All four postponements in 2010 were at home, the last on May 14. This season, the Rockies have had two postponements at home and two on the road. The first was April 3 against the Diamondbacks and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader May 24. The Rockies were rained out April 12 at New York and made the game up two days later as part of a doubleheader. They were rained out April 27 at Chicago and will make up that game on June 27.
--RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who had been scheduled to start Wednesday's game that was rained out, will instead pitch Thursday. That will put Jimenez on line to start May 17 against the Giants in the final game of a two-game series and means RHP Clayton Mortensen, scheduled to pitch May 17, will start May 16 against the Giants, where Jimenez originally had been slotted.
--1B Todd Helton has not gone hitless in back-to-back games that he has started all season. Indeed, his only consecutive hitless games were April 8 and April 11, both games in which he pinch-hit. Helton is batting .311 with three home runs and 15 RBI, and has a .357 on-base percentage and .476 slugging percentage. He does most of his damage these days with doubles and has four at home and four on the road, which is in keeping with his mirror-image home and road statistics. Helton is 15-for-52 (.288) at home with one home run and eight RBI, and 17-for-51 (.333) on the road with two home runs and seven RBI.
--Slumping INF Jose Lopez has not played in the last three games, four of the last five and five of the last seven. During that span, he has made one start, Saturday at San Francisco, and one defensive appearance. Lopez is batting .148 (12-for-81) and has three hits in his last 33 at-bats. He began the season 6-for-19 but has since gone 6-for-62.
--CF Dexter Fowler struck out twice Tuesday and has 43 strikeouts in 129 at-bats, or one every three at-bats. Entering Wednesday, Fowler, the Rockies' leadoff hitter, was leading the National League in strikeouts. But he also was second with 23 walks, which has helped Fowler, who is batting .256, compile a .374 on-base percentage. He has two hits in his last 17 at-bats. The switch-hitting Fowler has 35 strikeouts in 100 left-handed at-bats, or one every 2.9 at-bats and eight strikeouts in 29 right-handed at-bats, or one every 3.6 at-bats. Following a rain delay Tuesday, Fowler, who was at-bat when the game was halted, left the game after he fouled a ball off his left knee. He said he believes he suffered a bruise on a tendon near the knee and should be day-to-day but was scheduled to be evaluated by the Rockies' training staff Wednesday.
--1B Jason Giambi has not had a hit since April 10 and is in a 0-for-16 slide. He's 3-for-24 for the season and has made only six starts, including one in the last 13 games since his last start April 24. In his starts, Giambi has gone 3-for-19. He's 0-for-5 as a pinch-hitter.
--2B Jonathan Herrera has one hit in his last 12 at-bats, with three strikeouts, and has struck out in three straight games for the first time this season. He has not drawn a walk in his last six games after drawing 17 walks in his first 23 games.
BY THE NUMBERS
.231 -- Team batting average for the Rockies entering Wednesday. They ranked 14th in the National League, ahead of only the Nationals (.222) and Padres (.219).
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Imagine what it will be like when we get going. The sky will be the limit." -- CF Dexter Fowler on the Rockies, who have scored three or fewer runs for six consecutive games, five of them losses, and have scored more than four runs only twice in the last 16 games -- a 5-3 victory at Chicago on April 25 and a 6-4 win at Arizona on May 4.
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