Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Amed Rosario's long-awaited debut included a 1-for-4 showing but two misplays in the field -- one on the penultimate play in the ninth. Moving towards second with the runner from first going, Rosario could not handle a hard grounder on the backhand moving in the other direction. Nolan Arenado followed with a blooper to center that won the game.
2) The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce. Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Bruce's solo homer gave New York a 4-3 lead in the eighth.
3) The Rockies tied the game on Carlos Gonzalez's infield single in the eighth.
4) Steven Matz pitched 4 1/3 hitless innings, but surrendered four consecutive hits to open the sixth, including Nolan Arenado's three-run homer, which erased a 2-0 Mets lead. Matz was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five-plus innings.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
Considering the Mets' place in the standings, tonight's game was mostly about one thing: the debut of Amed Rosario. The 21-year-old certainly looked like he belonged, showcasing a strong arm and a solid approach at the plate. Of course it wouldn't be a typical Mets situation unless their most-heralded prospect playing in his first game somehow factored into the loss.
With Charlie Blackmon running on the play in the 3-2 pitch in the ninth, Rosario moved towards second on a potential play but was forced to quickly move back to his right on a hard grounder. It wasn't necessarily an easy play due to the quick switch, but it was a makeable play that clanked off his glove. Rosario also took too long on a throw to first earlier in the game, which allowed Trevor Story to beat out an infield single, but despite the hiccups, it's obvious his fielding will be an asset to the club.
Offensively, Rosario was hitless through his first three plate appearances before legging out a hit deep in the hole at short. He didn't look overmatched at the plate and he certainly didn't look nervous. He looked like a player who needs to adjust to the speed of the Major League game. It'll come...and probably quickly... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets have lost three straight and five of six to fall to 3-5 on their 10-game road trip. New York fell to 15-15 in one-run games.
Cespedes had two hits and is 12-for-31 (.387) with four homers and 10 RBIs in eight career games at Coors Field.
Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with two walks and is batting .319 (23-for-72) with 12 extra-base hits, 14 RBIs and 13 runs scored in 18 games since the All-Star break.
At 21 years old, Rosario is the youngest Met to make his Major League debut since Dilson Herrera (20) in 2014.
Bruce has eight home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 21 games. His 28 long balls are second in the National League, five behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton.
Since pitching back-to-back scoreless outings on June 28 and July 3, Matz is 0-3 and has surrendered 24 runs, 40 hits and five home runs in 18 1/3 innings (11.78 ERA) over a five-start span.
Chasen Bradford was recalled along with Rosario from Triple-A Las Vegas. Matt Reynolds was optioned to the 51s.
The Mets (48-56) continue their series with the Rockies (61-46) at Coors Field on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. on SNY.
Chris Flexen (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP) makes his second big league start after dropping his debut last Thursday against the Padres. The right-hander lasted three innings and surrendered three runs on five hits and four walks.
Tyler Chatwood (6-11, 4.78 ERA 1.46 WHIP) re-enters the rotation after one relief appearance following a stint on the disabled list. The right-hander left his last start against the Mets after retiring one batter and allowing four runs, four hits and three walks on July 15. Chatwood has lost four consecutive decisions and is winless since June 8.