Mets starter John Maine hasn't faced the Rockies since he split two decisions against them in 2008 at Coors Field, winning the last, 7-2, on 6/20/08. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA against the Rockies.

The Mets' bullpen leads the majors with a 1.27 ERA, and Mets relievers haven't allowed a run in the past 13 1/3 innings. Considering how poorly Maine pitched in his first start of the season, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings, including two home runs, the bullpen figures to be a key factor tonight.

Colorado starter Greg Smith never has faced the Mets and is making his first career start at Coors Field. So, maybe the Mets can show Smith what he has to look forward to in a hitter's park. Only two Mets ever have batted against Smith. Gary Matthews Jr. is 5-15, .333 with two home runs, but is not in the starting lineup tonight. Rod Barajas is 1-6, .167 with two strikeouts.

The Rockies' bullpen is third in the National League behind the Mets (1.27 ERA) and Phillies (1.33 ERA) with a 2.18 ERA.

David Wright needs two doubles to tie the franchise record of 225 held by Ed Kranepool.

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Former Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi now is filling a backup role for the Rockies behind Todd Helton. Giambi has made one start while appearing in four games. He's 0-5 but has five walks.

Ike Davis watch: AAA Buffalo is at Syracuse tonight. In five games, Davis is hitting .375 with a .545 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage. He has six hits in 16 at bats, including three doubles and two home runs, and he has scored five runs. But his only two RBI were his two solo home runs.