Tonight begins the final forty.
Jorge de la Rosa, who has won 9 of his last 10 starts and 10 of 12, will face Joe Martinez, whose most newsworthy appearance on the mound this season came when he was hit by a line drive off the head April 9 against Milwaukee. See left.
Martinez hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in any game, but this is the rookie's fourth career start, and he has yet to pitch past 5 innings. He throws a high 80's fastball almost 3/4's of the time, plus an average curve and change that are roughly the same speed (high 70's). He hasn't been a strikeout pitcher since A-ball, so this is a pitching matchup the Rockies absolutely must take advantage of. Plus, SBNation's data widget claims he is 19months old (he's actually 26. Years).
We need not only to win, but to send a message.
#49 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants
Feb 26, 2008 1983
|2009 - Joe Martinez||3-1||5||3||0||0||0||0||17.0||23||10||9||0||6||10||4.76||1.71|
Jorge De La Rosa
#29 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Apr 05, 1981
|2009 - Jorge De La Rosa||11-8||24||23||0||0||0||0||135.2||132||73||69||16||57||140||4.58||1.39|
The trainer's report favors the Rockies tonight. Tulo is back, while Freddy Sanchez is out of the lineup again.
08/22/09 6:10 PM MDT
|San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies|
|Randy Winn - LF||Carlos Gonzalez - LF|
|Edgar Renteria - SS||Dexter Fowler - CF|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Todd Helton - 1B|
|Bengie Molina - C||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Ryan Garko - 1B||Brad Hawpe - RF|
|Aaron Rowand - CF||Ian Stewart - 3B|
|Nate Schierholtz - RF||Clint Barmes - 2B|
|Juan Uribe - 2B||Yorvit Torrealba - C|
|Joe Martinez - P||Jorge De La Rosa - P|