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The New York Mets haven't been this good at home since the turn of the century and it should stay that way with Matt Harvey getting the ball.

Harvey goes for the longest home winning streak of his career Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

New York is 39-18 at home, tying the club's best start through 57 games set in 1985 and matched in 2000. Both of those teams went on to win the next game and the Mets (60-52) are poised to keep pace having won seven straight at home against Colorado (47-63), thanks in large part to the staff's 0.86 ERA.

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Jonathon Niese's seven strong innings were backed by Daniel Murphy's tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh of Monday's 4-2 win in the opener of this four-game set.

"It was one of those games that, probably a year ago, we didn't win that game," manager Terry Collins told MLB's official website. "But with what they're doing right now, the confidence that they have, (now) we win those kinds of games."

The Mets, winners of seven of nine as host, should have plenty of confidence with Harvey (10-7, 2.76 ERA) taking the mound. The right-hander has a 1.64 ERA in his last nine starts, going 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in five at home.

He yielded two hits in seven scoreless innings while throwing 88 pitches in Wednesday's 8-6 win at Miami.

"Some run support has definitely helped," said Harvey, who has been backed by 23 total runs over his last three starts, matching the total over his previous 12.

Harvey is 1-0 while allowing one run with 15 strikeouts in 15 innings over two starts - both at home - against the Rockies but this is the first since 2013.

Michael Cuddyer, who didn't play after coming off the disabled list Monday, is expected to face his former team for the first time since signing with New York during the offseason.

Cuddyer spent the past three years in Colorado, hitting .331 to win the NL batting crown in 2013 before injuries limited him to just 49 games last year.

He was batting .193 over a 19-game span before going on the DL, and rookie Michael Conforto showed enough promise to challenge for the spot in left field by hitting .205 with eight RBIs and 10 runs in 12 games.

Collins is planning to use Cuddyer in positions other than left.

Murphy, who has played first, second and third, is hitting .414 with six RBIs in his last seven games. He's 9 for 21 with three doubles, one triple and three RBIs in his last five meetings with Colorado.

The Rockies, losers of 13 of their last 18 on the road, would like to see Chris Rusin (3-4, 4.66) go deeper into a start after each of his last three ended after five innings. He's 0-1 with a 7.80 ERA over that stretch after compiling a 2.78 ERA over his previous six games, completing at least six innings in all five starts.

The left-hander, who is facing the Mets for the first time, is 0-3 with a 7.43 ERA and eight homers allowed over 26 2-3 innings in his last five road starts.

Carlos Gonzalez is 7 for 21 with five homers and 11 RBIs in his last five games after connecting for a two-run blast Monday. He is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts versus Harvey.