DENVER - No Duda. No problem.
The Mets surely will miss Lucas Duda, who was put on the disabled list before Saturday night's game because of lower-back stiffness. But certainly not until they leave Coors Field, where the Mets have done everything but paint the purple-hued stadium orange and blue this weekend.
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If this had been Williamsport, Saturday night's game would have been cut short by the mercy rule by the fourth inning. By then, every Mets starter had at least one hit -- even pitcher Jonathon Niese -- in ripping the Rockies' Chris Rusin for 12 hits (eight doubles) and 11 earned runs.
For two games, it's been televised batting practice here for the Mets, and Saturday night's 14-9 pounding -- like the 14-9 beating Friday -- had little in common with real baseball, other than players wearing caps and gloves.
This was the fifth time in franchise history the Mets have scored 14 or more runs in consecutive games, last done in 2011 at Detroit. Their 21 hits Saturday night tied the season high, and in two days, 18 of the Mets' 37 hits went for extra bases, the second-most in consecutive games in team history. They had 20 extra-base hits in 2005 at Arizona.
"I'm not surprised," said Juan Uribe, who had the Mets' only home run after they hit five Friday. "It's in Colorado."
For that reason, Terry Collins didn't take any chances either night, calling on closer Jeurys Familia for the ninth inning despite a five-run lead each time.
"In this park, for me, those are saves," Collins said. "Win the game. Worry about tomorrow when it gets here."
Sunday, Logan Verrett will get his first big-league start subbing for Matt Harvey. Beyond that, Collins wasn't quite sure how he'll navigate the late innings again, given that he probably won't have Familia or Tyler Clippard available.
"Let's just hope we're up 14-9," Collins said.
Based on what's already transpired at Coors, why not?
In the third inning, the Mets sent nine batters to the plate and scored seven runs before making an out. Uribe led off with a homer that snapped a 3-3 tie, and came around again -- as the 10th batter -- to make the first out by hitting into a double play that still scored a run to put the Mets ahead 11-3.
"I loved it," said Niese, who chipped in with a two-run single during the rally that inning. "I loved that I was a part of it."
The Mets tacked on three more runs in the fifth to make it 14-3, thanks in part to RBI singles by Cespedes and Wilmer Flores.
That gave every Mets starter but Michael Cuddyer at least one RBI, and five of them had two.
Before the game, the Mets expressed optimism that Duda would need only two weeks on the DL to alleviate his back condition, which popped up again Friday after forcing him to miss six starts earlier this month. But there's no guarantee of that, and Duda will visit Monday with Los Angeles-based back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, who treated David Wright for his spinal stenosis.
"It looks like he [Duda] was never fully healed because it recurred this quickly," assistant general manager John Ricco said. "I think it was obvious we needed to give it more time . . . So we decided this time to give it the full 15 days and make sure he's healthy for the stretch run."