Jorge De La Rosa has picked up where he left off for the
Colorado Rockies last season. That could mean continued success
against the New York Mets.
Coming off a dominant effort in his first start, the left-hander
looks to help the Rockies to a fourth straight victory and complete
a three-game sweep of the struggling Mets on Thursday at Coors
After one start, things are already looking up for De La Rosa
(1-0, 0.00 ERA), who failed to earn a win in his first 10 outings
last year. The veteran, who turned 29 last week, regrouped and set
career highs with 16 victories and 193 strikeouts in 2009.
He might not have been better than he was Friday, when he
allowed one hit and struck out nine in seven innings of a 7-0 win
over San Diego.
“There’s no reason he can’t be one of the best,” teammate Clint
Barmes said. “He’s got unbelievable stuff.”
De La Rosa is 5-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last eight starts
dating to the 2009 season.
“He has taken the next step,” San Diego’s Jerry Hairston Jr.
said. “You can tell.”
The Mets certainly can. De La Rosa is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA as a
starter against New York and looks to help send the Mets (2-6) to a
fifth consecutive loss.
An inning after his throwing error let New York tie the game,
catcher Chris Iannetta homered to lead off the 10th to give
Colorado (5-3) a 6-5 win Wednesday.
Iannetta had three hits and Ryan Spilborghs hit a three-run
homer for the Rockies, who’ve outscored the Mets 17-8 in the first
two games of the set. Todd Helton added two hits, and is 6 for 7
with a home run against New York scheduled starter Mike
The Mets hope for another solid outing from Pelfrey (1-0, 3.00)
after he allowed two runs in six innings of an 8-2 win over
Washington on Friday.
Pelfrey, who won 13 games in 2008, is off to a good start after
going 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA last season.
“I feel good, I feel comfortable,” Pelfrey told the Mets’
official Web site. “I know I’m prepared to have the kind of season
they expect from me.”
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA against the Rockies, but
both losses came at Coors Field.
David Wright and Jeff Francoeur each hit their third home runs
of the season for the Mets, who went 1 for 12 with runners in
scoring position Wednesday.
“We haven’t done well hitting with runners in scoring
position,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. “We have to do better
in that area.”
New York is batting .234 and struck out 30 times during its
“These are frustrating loses,” said Wright, who’s homered in
each of the last two games. “We fought back, but didn’t get the hit
when we needed it and it’s another loss.”
Despite his team’s early struggles, Francoeur is 12 for 28 and
hit safely in all eight games. He’s 1 for 5 with three RBIs against
De La Rosa.
New York was last swept in a series at Coors Field from July