The cliche is that winning each individual series nets a a playoff team. After winning the first two against Arizona this weekend, Colorado has already clinched this series, but obviously, we can't afford to be satisfied with that. Hopefully, good Jorge smells snake blood and will shut down the D-Backs, clinching the sole possession of the wild card lead heading into the Cincy series.
This matchup seems a bit like Game 3 vs. the Mets Thursday. It's an obvious pitching mismatch in favor of the Rockies, who are the better team to begin with. The Rockies blew their chance at a tasty sweep Thursday, but however that pill tastes, remember of the last eight 3-game series in which Colorado has won the first two games, they successfully completed the sweep seven times. 7 of 8 is pretty good.
#48 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks
Nov 22, 1984
|2009 - Yusmeiro Petit||3-8||17||16||0||0||0||0||82.1||93||54||50||17||28||66||5.47||1.47|
Petit has allowed only 3 ER total in his last three starts, covering 17.0IP. He took a no-hitter to the eighth (albeit against Pittsburgh), so Petit could be a threat, but it's doubtful. Only Josh Geer has allowed home runs at a higher rate in MLB, and that no-hit bid against Pittsburgh was the only time he got an out past the sixth inning in a start. Jorge de la Rosa will be going for an MLB-best 12th win since June 1, covering 14 starts.
Jorge De La Rosa
#29 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Apr 05, 1981
|2009 - Jorge De La Rosa||13-9||27||26||0||0||0||0||154.2||152||84||79||19||65||158||4.60||1.40|
09/06/09 1:10 PM MDT
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Colorado Rockies|
|Ryan Roberts - 2B||Carlos Gonzalez - CF|
|Eric Byrnes - LF||Seth Smith - LF|
|Justin Upton - RF||Jason Giambi - 1B|
|Mark Reynolds - 3B||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Rusty Ryal - 1B||Brad Hawpe - RF|
|Chris Young - CF||Ian Stewart - 3B|
|John Hester - C||Yorvit Torrealba - C|
|Augie Ojeda - SS||Clint Barmes - 2B|
|Yusmeiro Petit - P||Jorge De La Rosa - P|