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Capuano ready to face Met-killer Tulo

The biggest New York Met killer of them all?

Most recently, it’s Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

During a four-game series against the Mets from April 11-14, Tulowitzki went 10-for-16 (.625) with four home runs and eight RBIs. The Rockies swept all four games.

Troy Tulowitzki

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The two teams will get together again Monday night, when they kick off a three-game series at Coors Field. This time, the Mets are hoping to get the best of the man they call “Tulo.”

“The last time they came through here he was swinging the bat great, he was really hot,” said left-hander Chris Capuano, who gave up a sixth-inning leadoff homer to Tulowitzki in a 9-4 loss on April 14, in the second game of a doubleheader that Colorado wound up sweeping. “It seemed like we tried to attack him a bunch of different ways, and he was able to react to what we tried to do. So yeah, he’s a talented hitter. He’s got quick hands. You make a mistake up and he can hit it out in a hurry.”

Capuano (2-3, 5.40), Monday night’s probable starter, found that out firsthand.

“It was a first-pitch breaking ball, slider, that got up,” he said. “It got a little bit too much of the plate and he just jumped all over it. So that was kind of one where I was expecting him to be taking a strike right there. I was trying to get ahead strike one.”

Despite killing the Mets, Tulowitzki hasn’t been that much of a factor against other teams. He’s hitting just .248 in 2011 with eight homers and 18 RBIs -- and half of those power numbers came in the Mets’ series. He has just two hits in his last 35 at-bats.

Still, he’s definitely a dangerous hitter -- and already a proven Met-killer.

"I don’t want to really tell my gameplan, but I think you gotta try not to be predictable with him,” said Capuano, who owns a 2-2 record and 3.00 ERA in four career starts at Coors Field.

“It’s easy to say, 'Don’t make mistakes,' but he’s a guy that’s gonna take advantage of mistakes, so you have to really put a premium on locating your pitches where you want them.”