NEW YORK METS (53-47, third place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (49-52, third place/NL West)
ROCKIES SHORT HOPS
Trevor Story is the reigning National League Player of the Week. His 27 homers lead the league, one ahead of teammate Nolan Arenado. Story’s long ball total also is the most for a rookie shortstop in NL history, topping the 24 produced by ex-Rockie Troy Tulowitzki in 2007. The MLB record for a rookie shortstop belongs to Nomar Garciaparra, who had 30 homers with the Boston Red Sox in 1997. The most homers ever by a Rockies rookie, regardless of position, are the 28 produced by Wilin Rosario in 2012.
Gerardo Parra landed on the disabled list on June 17 with a sprained left ankle. He is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Friday with Double-A Hartford. After Daniel Descalso and Ryan Raburn shared left field for a month in Parra’s absence, highly regarded prospect David Dahl -- the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of high school in Alabama -- made his major league debut Monday and has taken over the position. Dahl, 22, primarily was a center fielder in the minors, but Charlie Blackmon has that position covered with the Rockies. Dahl hit .484 (30-for-62) with five homers and 16 RBIs in 16 games with Triple-A Albuquerque after beginning the season in the Eastern League. Outfielder Brandon Barnes was designated for assignment to clear the 40-man roster spot for Dahl.
Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .355 (77-for-217) with 49 RBIs since May 23.
Arenado’s 208 RBIs since the start of last season lead the majors. He has three homers in his last six games. Arenado also is widely viewed as the best defensive third baseman in baseball, although he did commit two errors in a game on Monday at Baltimore.
Chad Bettis is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his last four starts.
Chatwood issued eight walks but allowed only one hit while tossing five scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. He became only the seventh MLB pitcher since 1913 to issue that many walks in five or fewer innings while allowing no runs.
Left-hander Chris Rusin (shoulder strain) was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, while right-hander Jason Motte landed on the DL. Although Rusin has made seven starts for the Rockies this season, he will be assigned to long relief.
METS SHORT HOPS
Jose Reyes will not be in the lineup on Thursday against the club that released him last month. Reyes suffered a strained left intercostal muscle in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets hope Reyes will return to the lineup Friday. The Rockies are responsible for roughly $38 million of Reyes’ salary through 2017.
Bartolo Colon will pitch on short rest on Saturday, which was necessitated by a rainout Monday and doubleheader on Tuesday. Excluding an instance in which he pitched an inning in relief between starts, Colon last started a game on short rest in 2005.
Jeurys Familia's streak of 52 successful regular-season save conversions was snapped with a blown save and loss on Wednesday against the Cardinals. It was the third-longest streak in MLB history, trailing only Eric Gagne’s 84-save streak from 2002 through ’04 and Tom Gordon’s 54-save streak in 1998 and ’99.