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Noah Syndergaard has been markedly better at Citi Field than on the road during a scintillating rookie campaign.

Fortunately for the New York Mets, his next turn has him going at home Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, whose offense remains suppressed in Queens.

Syndergaard (6-6, 3.01 ERA) is 6-1 with a 1.57 ERA in eight home games, completing eight innings each time during a four-start winning streak there. He's struck out 47 batters over his last 38 innings at Citi Field spanning five outings.

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Pitching anywhere else, however, has been an entirely different story for the 22-year-old. He gave up five runs and eight hits over four innings in a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday, falling to 0-5 on the road with a 5.01 ERA.

The 3.44 disparity between Syndergaard's home and road ERAs is the fourth-largest among pitchers who have logged at least 90 innings.

"I feel just as comfortable as when I'm home," he told MLB's official website. "You've got the home crowd there so it makes it a little bit easier to pitch, but I don't feel any different between home and road.

"It's just something that I'm going to have to learn to deal with."

A more aggressive approach may be one of the key differences for Syndergaard at Citi Field. He's walked six in 57 1-3 innings there compared to 16 over 41 1-3 on the road.

Luck also appears to be playing a big role. Opponents are hitting .255 on balls in play against the right-hander in Flushing and .358 elsewhere.

Colorado (47-65) was stifled yet again in the Mets' 3-0 victory Wednesday, fanning 10 times during Jacob deGrom's seven innings. New York (62-52) has won 11 of the last four overall meetings and has held the Rockies to seven runs during a nine-game winning streak in the series at Citi Field.

"They're shutting us down, and that's why they're winning the games," said Carlos Gonzalez, who is 1 for 11 through the first three games of this series after batting .396 during his previous 25.

The Mets own their best 59-game home record at 41-18 and can move 11 games over .500 for the first time since being 43-32 on June 27, 2010. They're also in position for their fourth sweep in their last seven home series of at least three games after sweeping only two series at Citi Field all of last year.

Lucas Duda missed his second consecutive game due to a stiff back, but said he was hopeful he'd be in Thursday's lineup. Duda's 21 homers and 55 RBIs lead the club and he has hit safely in all 11 career matchups with Colorado while batting .359.

Meanwhile, the Rockies have dropped 23 of 31 on the road and 10 of 14 overall.

Thursday's pitching matchup doesn't appear favorable with rookie Eddie Butler (3-9, 5.50) going 0-4 with a 7.86 ERA in his last five starts.

Unlike Syndergaard, he's likely happy to get away from his home park after posting a 7.28 ERA in six starts at Coors Field.

"We feel like there's still some more growth out in front of him," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's got the weapons. It's a matter of just becoming more polished as a pitcher."