Friday's game meant, of course, that the two managers went deep into their respective bullpens and will be relying on Saturday's starters to give some weary arms a break in the second game of a three-game set.
Dillon Gee gets the ball for the Mets, opposed by Guillermo Moscoso, who will get the start in place of an injured Jeremy Guthrie.
Guthrie, an offseason acquisition from Baltimore, landed on his shoulder in a bike accident. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but he was placed on the disabled list.
In 34 career appearances (21 starts) with the A's and Rangers, Moscoso is 8-10 with a 3.47 ERA. The right-hander, acquired from Oakland this offseason, was in the running at the beginning of the spring for the club's fifth-starter spot, but it became clear toward the end of camp that he'd start the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
He's struggled there this season, posting a 1-3 mark and a 7.91 ERA in four starts.
As for Gee, he followed one of his best starts with one of his worst, as he allowed seven runs and 12 hits, including two homers, against the Giants on Monday.
Gee has never faced the Rockies.
Mets: Hairston hits for the cycle
Scott Hairston completed the 10th cycle in Mets history Friday night, needing only four at-bats to do so.
His two-run double in the sixth inning completed the feat after he had tripled in the fifth, homered in the fourth and singled in the second. Jose Reyes (June 21, 2006) was the last Met to hit for the cycle.
In his first career Major League start on Friday, first baseman Zach Lutz went 1-for-5.
Rockies: Lineup changes
Manager Jim Tracy tweaked the lineup a bit for Friday night's series opener against the Mets. He dropped Dexter Fowler from second to eighth and started hot-hitting Jonathan Herrera in the No. 2 spot.
"We're 18 games into a season that each and every day there seems to be something that isn't quite where you'd like it to be," Tracy said.
Herrera went 1-for-4, scored three times and drove in a run, and Fowler hit a three-run homer.
Rockies lefty Drew Pomeranz exited Friday's start with forearm tightness after pitching just four innings.
Before Friday night's game, Mets hitters had only posted one four-hit game -- done by Ruben Tejada. On Friday, both Tejada and Hairston had four-hit nights.
Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-5 in his first game in his home state of Colorado. Nieuwenhuis is from nearby Highlands Ranch.