Injury-plagued Mets back home to face road-poor Rockies

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The New York Mets know who their scheduled starting pitchers are for the next three games. That qualifies as a welcome departure for an almost impossibly undermanned team.

The Mets will limp home following an injury-plagued road trip Monday, when they host the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a four-game series.

David Peterson (1-3, 4.97 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against the Rockies’ Austin Gomber (2-4, 4.96 ERA) in a battle of left-handers.

The Mets’ struggles continued Sunday, when they fell to the Miami Marlins, 5-1, in the rubber game of a three-game series.

The Rockies completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks when Trevor Story hit a walk-off solo homer in the ninth inning of a 4-3 victory.

The Mets remained in first place in the National League East despite losing six games — and six players — on the nine-game trip.

Among the recent additions to the injured list are the players who batted first, third, fourth and sixth when the road trip began at Tampa Bay on May 14: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso and Kevin Pillar. New York also lost starting pitcher Taijuan Walker and reliever Tommy Hunter.

Only Alonso (right hand), Walker (side) and Hunter (back) appear to be dealing with short-term injuries.

Pillar is out indefinitely after suffering multiple nasal fractures when he was hit by a pitch on May 17, while the Mets have been vague about the details of the hamstring injuries suffered by McNeil and Conforto.

The Mets’ fifth- through ninth-place batters Sunday — Cameron Maybin, Johneshwy Fargas, Brandon Drury, Khalil Lee and pitcher Jordan Yamamoto — were all in the minor leagues when the road trip began. Yamamoto gave up five runs (four earned) in four innings Sunday and said afterward he was dealing with a sore right shoulder.

“The injuries stand out,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “It could’ve been worse with all the moving parts. I can’t imagine our general manager (Zack Scott) right now navigating a roster, too. Everything’s a challenge.”

Things may get a bit better Tuesday for the Mets, who are expected to activate ace Jacob deGrom (right side soreness) from the injured list. Marcus Stroman is in line to pitch Wednesday.

The road has been more difficult than usual this season for the Rockies, who are 16-12 at home but just 2-17 away from Coors Field. They have scored just 13 runs in their last seven road games, a span in which they’ve gone 0-7 while being shut out four times.

A quick return home provided some relief to the Rockies, who scored 18 runs in the single-series homestand against the Diamondbacks. They’ll get seven games — Colorado is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Pirates beginning Friday — to try to figure out a successful road recipe.

“We’ve got to be better on the road,” Story said Sunday. “It’s just not acceptable the way we have been playing. We are trying to do whatever we can to fix that, whatever it may be.”

Peterson didn’t factor into the decision on Wednesday, when he allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings in the Mets’ 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Gomber also took a no-decision his last time out. On Tuesday, he gave up one run over six innings as the Rockies fell to the San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 10 innings.

Peterson has never faced the Rockies and Gomber has never opposed the Mets.

–Field Level Media

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