The Rockies might be losing an off-day, but having the chance to return home might be worth it.
After a rough road trip through Toronto, Washington and Boston that saw Colorado go 2-7, the Rockies return to Coors Field looking to get back on track, starting with a make up game against the Mets on Thursday.
Both the Rockies and the Mets were slated to have an off-day until their April 17 game was snowed out. For Colorado, Thursday starts a seven-game homestand.
"It's always good to get back home," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "For our club, I think we thrive at our place. In my opinion, we've been dominating a little more at home. We make sure we take care of our business there."
Colorado has played well at home all season. The Rockies are 23-17 at Coors Field while they're only 16-23 on the road.
Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer will also be looking to make franchise history on Thursday.
With his first home run in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox, Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 23 games, trying a franchise record previously set by hitting coach Dante Bichette. It's also the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season.
Cuddyer's streak, though, has been one of the few bright spots for the scuffling Rockies lately.
Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22 ERA) starts for Colorado. He hasn't given up more than two runs in a start since his first outing of the season back on April 24. He's also 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA at Coors Field this season.
While Colorado has the benefit of returning home, Thursday's game added a wrinkle to the Mets' travel schedule. The Mets' road trip took them to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and now a one-day stop in Denver.
Right after their game against the Rockies, the Mets will fly back to New York to start their own homestand on Friday.
While Colorado slogged through their road trip, the Mets actually has thrived during theirs.
With Wednesday's 3-0 win over the White Sox, New York heads to Denver 6-4 on their trek.
Eric Young Jr. has been a big part of that. After his 3-for-4, one-RBI performance on Wednesday, Young is hitting .414 (12-for-29) with six RBIs in seven games with the Mets.
On Thursday, he'll make his return to Coors Field for the first time since New York acquired him from the Rockies in a trade for pitcher Collin McHugh on June 18.
"He's really ignited our offense a little bit, I think. He's been getting on, getting in scoring position. I think he's made a big difference in us," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Wednesday night's win over Chicago. "He brought some energy to us, and it's been needed."
Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89 ERA) starts for the Mets against the Rockies, and he'll be looking to claim his second straight win. Hefner hasn't allowed more than two earned runs since May 29.
However, the Rockies have a good reason to try to snap that run of solid starts.
Friday's game against the Giants begins a stretch of 16 straight games against National League West opponents. The Rockies are in the thick of the race in their division, and this stretch at Coors Field is critical as they look to pick up some momentum.
"There's no question we need to play well in this next homestand," Weiss said. "We've played pretty well in our division, so we need to continue that."
Rockies: Fowler's wrist keeps him out of lineup
• Outfielder Dexter Fowler was held out of the Rockies game against the Red Sox on Wednesday with a sore wrist. He's day to day.
Mets: Wright to get some rest
Collins told reporters on Wednesday that third baseman David Wright will be given the day off on Thursday. He has been out of the starting lineup in only one other game this season.
• Closer Bobby Parnell has only allowed one hit in his last six appearances, spanning 6 1/3 scoreless innings.
• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is hitting .313 this month. He's now 7-for-16 over the past four games.
• Hefner has pitched only one inning in his career against Colorado, and he gave up two earned runs in that outing -- which came in relief -- back on April 18.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.