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For Mets, the weather watch never stops

Sandy Alderson speaks about pitcher Johan Santana during

Sandy Alderson speaks about pitcher Johan Santana during a news conference. (Aug. 22, 2012) (Credit: AP)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Following last night's 16-5 victory over the Twins, Mets manager Terry Collins shook hands with his players. They felt like ice cubes. It shouldn't be as bad on Saturday afternoon, when the Mets and Twins will play in 35-degree weather around first pitch.

However, the Mets might not see even passable weather for the next five days.

Forecasts are calling for an 80 percent chance of rain for Sunday's series finale with temperatures at 38 degrees, though according to AccuWeather.com, it will feel closer to 25.

The Mets' weather woes continue on Monday when they are scheduled to begin a four-game set in frigid Colorado, where a foot of snow is expected to fall between Sunday and Wednesday. Here are the forecasts for the week, courtesy of AccuWeather:

Monday: Colder with rain, then snow 39 high/20 low

Tuesday: Colder with snow 29 high/20 low

Wednesday: Clowdy, a bit of snow; cold 34 high/9 low

Thursday: Periods of sun; not as cold 41 high/27 low

It's Wednesday's projected low of 9 degrees that caught Collins' attention during his pregame media session. There comes a point, he said, when it simply isn't prudent to brave harsh weather.

"You've got to protect yourself as an organization," Collins said.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he has already inquired about the team's options in case frigid temperatures persist in Colorado. However, there are no clear rules governing when it's appropriate to postpone or cancel games, no specific temperature where other alternatives are explored.

"I don't think there's an objective bright-line test," Alderson said.

The Rockies ultimately hold the final say about whether the games are played or rescheduled, though Alderson expects that the Mets and Major League Baseball would be involved in the discussions.

The most likely course of action would be for the games to be rescheduled. While there is some precedent for moving games to alternate venues to avoid harsh conditions, Alderson said the chances of the Rockies consenting to such a move are remote.

Meanwhile, Alderson said it is also possible that the Rockies could schedule a preemptive doubleheader to avoid the worst conditions.

Baseball has taken such steps as concessions to oncoming weather events though cold weather may pose a slightly different scenario.

Said Alderson: "Something like temperature is a little more nebulous."

Tags: Mets , Sandy Alderson , Terry Collins

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