It's a week into August, and time is running out in the National League West for the Rockies.
A deflating 3-2 loss to the Mets on Tuesday night pushed them to 1-7 on their 10-game road trip, each loss sinking them deeper in a division commandeered by the Dodgers. The Rockies will try to even the series in the second of a three-game series against the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Colorado's offense, which has produced two runs or fewer in five of those losses, will try to avoid its third straight series loss against Mets ace Matt Harvey. Harvey has continued to build upon a strong NL Cy Young bid, ranking second in the Majors in ERA (2.21), strikeouts (172) and WHIP (0.88).
However, Harvey endured one of his toughest starts in an otherwise stellar season Thursday, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins. Those struggles may be explained away by the fact that three of Harvey's five non-quality starts have come against Miami.
"It's not like I take this start or this team any different than any other team," Harvey said after his last start. "It's just been the team that this year happens to squeeze out some runs."
And the Mets' star will face a Rockies lineup missing one of its most dangerous bats -- that of All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez was placed on the DL Wednesday afternoon with a middle finger sprain in his right hand.
The Rockies will surely miss his bat, as his .471 average is the highest of any player against New York this year.
The Rockies hope to rally behind the only pitcher who has earned a win on this trip, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin gave up one run over eight innings in a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Mets: Flores on hunt for first big league hit
Wilmer Flores has big shoes to fill.
Flores, the Mets' No. 4 prospect according to MLB.com, played third base in his Major League debut Tuesday night and should act as the temporary replacement for franchise cornerstone David Wright, who is expected to miss three to five weeks with a right hamstring strain. Flores, 22, went 0-for-4 and left four runners on base.
"We have been talking about all summer that we're going to bring up these young players that are the future as they're ready to play and give them a chance," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And I think, again, for our fan base it's a great glimpse of what's ahead -- talented, young guys get the chance to play here."
In his first season with Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores has shown the potential to be an offensive workhouse, hitting .321 with 15 homers, 86 RBIs and a .531 slugging percentage.
Rockies: Chatwood plans to start Thursday
After missing his scheduled start Tuesday due to left hamstring tightness, Tyler Chatwood said he hopes to return to the mound Thursday.
The club scratched Chatwood as a precaution and Weiss said the disabled list is not a serious consideration. Chatwood, 23, has been one of the Rockies' best starters this year, with a 7-4 record and 3.15 ERA. But he's coming off what stands as his worst start of the year, as he surrendered seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Braves on July 31.
• Outfielder Corey Dickerson singled in the sixth inning Tuesday night, giving him a hit in each of his last six games.
• First baseman Ike Davis is the only current Mets player hitting better than .167 against Chacin. Davis is 3-for-6 with three singles off Chacin.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.