DENVER -- The Rockies' offensive performance, especially at Coors Field, is one good reason why baseball requires a batting order. If they didn't have one, there would be fights to get to the batter's box.
Troy Tulowitzki leads the Majors in batting at .385, and is hitting .575 in his 12 home games. Charlie Blackmon is at .380, with at least one hit in 11 of his 13 games at Coors, and Justin Morneau has a 13-game home hit streak and a .365 home batting average.
Then again, Nolan Arenado is hitting everywhere as evidenced by a 22-game hit streak. The run, during which he is batting .352 with two home runs, six doubles and 10 RBIs, is tied for third-longest in franchise history.
The Rockies have made a party of it the last two nights against the Mets, with 17 runs and 24 hits in two wins. The Mets will call upon righty Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 3.49 ERA) to slow that offense in Saturday night's third game of a four-game set.
Rockies lefty Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40 ERA) will try to continue the success of the rotation, which is 10-2 with a 3.08 ERA since April 15 and is a key reason the club entered Saturday a game behind the National League West-leading Giants.
The Mets have their own hot hitter. Juan Lagares went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in the Rockies' 10-3 victory on Friday. Lagares has an 11-game hit streak, during which he has hit .333 (15-for-45) with four doubles, six RBIs and five runs scored.
Mets: They're the unlucky ones
The Mets have been outscored 17-7 in the first two games of the series, but they sense they're on the verge of breaking out. They're hitting the ball hard, but too often right at Rockies.
"You want to see results when it's all done, but you got to also remember that those guys play defense and have gloves in their hands and make good plays, and when you hit the ball right at somebody, it makes it easier for them to do it," Curtis Granderson said after Friday's game. "But you can't control it once you put the bat on the ball. After that, it's out of your control. That's what we're trying to do, just get ourselves in situations to put the good part of the bat on the ball."
Granderson was the victim of a hard liner rifled directly at first baseman Morneau to end the first inning with a man on first.
"There's a lot of things you can do to help the team out," Granderson said, after going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to raise his average to .156. "Getting on base, scoring runs, driving in runs are some of the most important things, and if you can do those things, those are the ones that I want to be most concerned about, and I think everybody on this team feels the same way. That's the only way we're going to be victorious is if we get people to come across and touch home plate. "
Rockies: Tulo in a rundown? Are you kidding?
With two out in the second inning of Friday night's victory, Tulowitzki singled to drive in two runs. Anticipating a play at the plate, Tulowitzki rounded first, only to have Mets third baseman David Wright cut off Chris Young's throw.
In most cases, the runner desperately tries to forge a rundown and force a wild throw. But Tulowitzki simply stood in the path between first and second, and Wright jogged across the field for the easy tag.
With Tulowitzki's history of leg injuries and a 6-1 lead, Tulowitzki determined nothing was to be gained. The Rockies have talked to Tulowitzki over the years about not extending himself and risking injury. Often such decisions lead to reaction from the stands and on social media, but with several Rockies seasons having circled the drain because the star shortstop was injured, the white flag is a sanctioned play in such a low-percentage situation.
"At that point, we'd scored the runs, there's no point for him going back and forth in that rundown," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I was happy to see him just stand there, to be honest with you."
• Blackmon's homer off Mets reliever Carlos Torres in the seventh inning was his sixth of the season, in his 30th game. It matched his career high, set last year in 82 games.
• The Mets have struggled from the cleanup spot, having gone a club-record 25 straight contests without a multihit game.
• Wright went 2-for-4 Friday night and is hitting .383 (49-for-128) at Coors.