Jorge De La Rosa’s season debut against Arizona was cut short by
a blister problem. That’s one of the few obstacles the Colorado
Rockies starter has experienced when facing the Diamondbacks of
De La Rosa looks to remain unbeaten this season by continuing
his recent success versus Arizona on Tuesday night at Chase
The left-hander allowed three hits through 5 1-3 innings April
2, but couldn’t continue because of a blood blister on the middle
finger of his pitching hand. Despite the early exit, he earned the
win in a 3-1 victory and has gone 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA in his last
six games against Arizona.
De La Rosa (4-0, 2.61 ERA) continued his outstanding start to
the season Tuesday, allowing two runs over seven innings while
striking out a season-high nine and walking none in a 4-3 victory
at Chicago. He has won three straight outings.
He gave up both runs – one earned – and three of his six hits in
the first inning before settling down.
“What I’m seeing with Jorge that is very, very good to see is
that we get down early, then get a couple back … all of a sudden
it just seems like there is a different gear that shows up,”
manager Jim Tracy said. “To me, that’s the sign of a guy that is
really starting to understand how to be a winning pitcher on a
De La Rosa has won his past two road starts to help his team to
a major league-best 10-3 record away from home. The
division-leading Rockies (17-9) may be looking forward to this
six-game trip after suffering their fifth loss in eight home games
Sunday, 8-4 to Pittsburgh.
While Colorado has been outstanding on the road this season, it
struggled last year to win at Chase Field – a problem De La Rosa
has had throughout his career.
The Rockies dropped seven of nine road matchups in 2010, and De
La Rosa has gone 0-3 in four starts at Arizona despite a 3.70 ERA.
He has received one run of support over his last three outings
Colorado, 9-9 against the Diamondbacks last season, batted .224
in the games at Chase Field and scored three or fewer runs in six
This time, they’ll face a Diamondbacks team that has one of the
worst home ERAs in the major leagues at 5.27. Arizona has an
overall ERA of 4.82.
Joe Saunders (0-3, 5.93) hasn’t helped matters. The left-hander
is coming off his worst outing of the season, giving up a
season-high six runs over 5 2-3 innings of an 8-4 home loss to
Philadelphia on Wednesday.
“You have to keep your head up, turn the page and get ready for
next time because I don’t think I am pitching that bad,” said
Saunders, who had a major league-high 17 losses in 2010. “It is
just the results aren’t there yet. I am going to go home, sacrifice
a live chicken and turn this thing around.”
Saunders has gone 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four starts against the
Rockies. He allowed one run over eight innings to beat De La Rosa,
who gave up three runs in seven innings, in a 3-1 win at Chase
Field on Sept. 21.