The New York Mets are undoubtedly counting the hours until their plane leaves Denver and takes them back to the Big Apple.
The Mets conclude a 10-game road trip that has seen three contests in the last four days postponed when they meet the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
New York (7-6) lost two of three to Philadelphia to start the trip before moving on to Minnesota, where it took the first two matchups with the Twins before Sunday's game was called off.
The Mets then traveled to Colorado, where they've spent more time sitting around than on the field. Snow postponed Monday night's game, which was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday.
The first game was delayed two hours as eight inches of snow was cleared off the field, and the Rockies (10-4) came away with an 8-4 victory. Colorado rallied from a six-run deficit in the frigid nightcap to post its fifth straight win, 9-8 in 10 innings on Jordan Pacheco's single with two outs.
Another spring snow storm passed through the Mile High City on Wednesday, forcing another postponement. The forecast for Thursday calls for partly cloudy skies with the high about 34 degrees.
"This is a game of consistency, a game of repetitions," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When you lose those reps, it can change the outcome of a lot. ... This has been a tough trip for us. Guys are tired of sitting at the hotel."
Jon Garland (1-0, 3.75 ERA) will again look to benefit from Colorado's potent offense, which has scored 35 runs during the win streak, as he takes the mound Thursday.
The right-hander has gotten an average of 5.3 runs of support thus far, but both of his first two starts since 2011 - he missed 2012 after undergoing shoulder surgery - came against the offensively challenged Padres.
Garland allowed three runs and five hits over six innings while not receiving a decision in a 7-5 win at San Diego on Friday.
"With this lineup, you just want to go out and give the team a chance to win," said Garland, who is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts against the Mets. "There are definitely going to be some bumps and bruises along the way, but if they continue to do what they've done it's going to put us in a good position."
Trying to limit the Rockies will be Jonathon Niese (2-0, 3.57). The left-hander was bailed out by the Mets' offense in Minnesota on Friday, when he allowed five runs and five hits while walking four in five innings of a 16-5 win.
Niese had pitched six or more innings in 22 consecutive starts, which was the longest current run in the majors. He said the cold and wet conditions led to him having trouble gripping the ball.
"It was tough to be consistent with it," Niese told the Mets' official website. "Some pitches would feel good and a pitch later it would slip out of my fingers and the ball would hang there. It was tough."
Niese may have trouble again with the cold weather at Coors Field, where he's gone 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA in two starts.
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez has been locked in at the plate, going 9 for 15 (.600) with a homer, three doubles and eight runs in his last four games, but is hitless in seven career at_bats against Niese.
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