The Rockies have a winning record at Coors Field this season, and they are trying to put their road woes in the rearview mirror.
The Rockies are 8-4 at home entering Thursday's series opener against the Mets. They are 8-8 in their first 16 road games of the season. Last season, the Rockies finished 45-36 at home and 29-52 on the road.
"It's been an issue. There is no way around that," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "But I feel like this group is performing like they don't really care where they are playing. We know we have a home-field advantage when we go home, and I think we've really tried to embrace that and make that part of who we are."
So far, the strategy has worked, and it will be up to starter Juan Nicasio to add to Colorado's win total when he takes the mound on Thursday. In his last outing, Nicasio struggled with his fastball and gave up eight hits, two home runs and five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Dodgers. In his last two games, he's worked just 9 1/3 innings and has a loss and a no-decision.
"I need to work with my command of my fastball," Nicasio said. "I go deep in games when I have better command of my fastball and throw the first pitch for a strike."
Because of Wednesday's rainout in Philadelphia, the Mets will shift their rotation back one day, pushing right-hander Bartolo Colon, who was scheduled to start Wednesday's game, to Thursday. Colon will be followed by Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia and Dillon Gee in the four-game series.
More than half of Colon's runs allowed came in one start, and that's a big reason why his ERA sits at 4.50. He holds a 2.33 ERA with 23 strikeouts and one walk in his other four outings.
The Mets are 7-3 on the road this season.
"I don't hear guys talking much about the games away from Coors Field and how we play away from there," Weiss said. "We are going out and playing good baseball. Our offensive approach has been very solid. That's one big area of improvement when I compare this club to last year."
Mets: Lagares likely to return
Juan Lagares, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a strained right hamstring, is likely to return on Thursday.
Mets manager Terry Collins will try to keep all four of his outfielders fresh by utilizing a system that gives Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. playing time as well as regular bench time.
"I think all of them deserve to be out there at some time," Collins said. "They all have a key part on our club, and I don't know how I'm going to rotate it just yet, but I think they all deserve an opportunity. I don't think there's one guy you can point your finger at and say, 'Hey, you're not playing.'"
Rockies: Chacin on track for Sunday return
Jhoulys Chacin, who is recovering from a strained right shoulder, has completed his rehab assignment and appears on track to return to the big leagues to start on Sunday against the Mets.
Chacin allowed one run on four hits in six innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday against Memphis.
"It's hard to say because we are several days away, but it looks like the natural fit," Weiss said. "Jhoulys has to be re-evaluated, too. He just made a start and he's going to have to throw a side and go through the routine that he has in between starts and make sure that he's OK."
Overall, Chacin went 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 10 2/3 innings during two games at Triple-A. He also pitched two games for Class A Advanced Modesto during his rehab stint.
• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 Wednesday night to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, with six doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs and 11 runs scored during that stretch.
• The Mets are four games above .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012. The 15 victories in April mark their highest total in the season's opening month since 2007.
• Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario (contusion on left hand) took batting practice on Wednesday afternoon and continues to make improvement. He's been out of the lineup since Saturday.
"It was a good day for Wilin. We got a good report," Weiss said. "I think a lot of improvement from yesterday until today."
Rosario is hitting .244 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 22 games this season. He injured the hand against the Dodgers last weekend.
• Daniel Murphy has not been caught stealing since May 18, 2013, a streak of 28 consecutive stolen bases without being thrown out.
• Wednesday's game between the Mets and Phillies has been rescheduled for Monday, June 2, at 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park.