The flakes of snow falling around the Mile High City made it feel more like skiing than baseball weather. Highs were expected to reach only around 45 degrees Wednesday, far below the average of 69. Dugger wore a winter’s jacket into work, while pitcher Franklin Morales donned a stocking cap.
This kind of weather isn’t all that unusual for Denver. Spring snowstorms typically pop up, but more so in April than May.
There also was a winter storm warning for the mountains, where nearly a foot of snow was expected to fall.
The weather is supposed to be a little more baseball friendly on Thursday, with a little less chance of precipitation and temperatures hovering near the 60s at game time.
“We just had a cold, spring storm move across the area,” explained Dan Leszcynski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “But the weather should improve.”
The Rockies are scheduled to throw ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who’s still searching for his first win of the year. The hard-throwing All-Star has been bothered by a cracked cuticle on his pitching thumb this season. He’s also wrestled with his command.
But Jimenez (0-2) appeared to have his issues sorted out in his start last Friday at San Francisco, giving up two hits and one run over six innings in a no-decision. It was his first quality start of the season.
Jimenez has been tough on the Mets at Coors Field, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
The Mets are slated to send Jonathon Niese (1-4) to the mound. The lefty went 5 2-3 innings and gave up three runs in his last outing, a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Notes: With the postponement, the Mets will throw RHP Dillon Gee on Friday in Houston and RHP R.A. Dickey on Saturday. Lefty Chris Capuano will close out the three-game series with the Astros by taking the mound Sunday.