Mets-Rockies game postponed by spring snowstorm

Ike Davis and the New York Mets have seen more snowballs than

fastballs on their freezing road trip.

A spring storm covered Coors Field in ankle-deep snow Monday,

forcing the postponement of New York’s game against the Colorado

Rockies – the Mets’ second straight postponement. Wintry conditions

in Minneapolis on Sunday forced their game against the Twins to be

called off and rescheduled for Aug. 19.

”This is unbelievable,” Davis said. ”We’re just sitting here.

Nowhere to go. I don’t know how you could have played in this. You

can’t see.”

The teams are now scheduled to play a split doubleheader

Tuesday, with the opener set to begin at 1:10 p.m. The nightcap

will be at 6:40 p.m., as previously scheduled.

Weather forecasts, however, call for more snow and also rain on

Tuesday.

Determined to loosen up their arms a bit, Mets pitchers played

catch in the snow for about 15 minutes Monday.

”The snow was over the tops of our shoes, up towards your

ankle,” left-hander Aaron Laffey said. ”It was like being a kid

again, just out there trying to play catch. But it was kind of

goofy, having snow like that on a major league baseball field. You

just don’t expect that to happen.”

After the impromptu workout, New York bullpen coach Ricky Bones

walked up the runway between the dugout and clubhouse with his

catcher’s mitt filled with snow. He playfully banged it against the

wall, knocking a mound of snow to the floor.

”As a player, I played in some snow in Milwaukee, but never

this much,” he said. ”But it was amazing how cold it got out

there.”

Laffey said it reminded him of being back home in Maryland.

”In my high school days, we’d have snow typically for our first

couple of games of the high school baseball season, but never that

much snow,” he said. ”I’ve definitely played in some snowy

ballgames. It reminded me of back home the day we left for spring

training. We got like 8 inches of snow, right before we headed to

Florida.”

Because of the postponement, the Coors Field commemoration of

Jackie Robinson Day also was shifted from Monday night to the first

game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

New York right-hander Dillon Gee (0-2) was scheduled to pitch

against Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio (1-0) in the first game.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he had not yet decided on a starter

for the nightcap, though it likely will be either Laffey (0-0) or

Jeremy Hefner (0-2). The Rockies are set to go with lefty Jeff

Francis (1-1).

The game was the first to be snowed out at Coors Field since

April 3, 2011, against Arizona. The weather still could play havoc

with the series, too.

Having a second consecutive game called off because of the

weather ”gets to be tough,” Collins said.

”Now, your pitching is drastically affected, along with your

pitching down the line a little bit,” he said. ”But it is what it

is, and I certainly understand the thought process today and

understood the thought process yesterday.

”When you’re scheduled to play in these two towns that we were

in, you’ve got a chance to run into bad weather at this time of

year and we have. We just adjust.”

Rockies manager Walt Weiss’ scheduled availability with

reporters before the game was canceled.