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Jorge De La Rosa versus the hard-throwing deGrom

The Mets are trotting out yet another flame-throwing young starter

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockies are in the midst of a tough stretch of starting pitching--they had to face Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Jon Niese, and Matt Harvey in a row--and tonight won't be any easier. Jacob deGrom of the Mets is crafting a phenomenal sophomore season, with a 2.13 ERA, better than a strikeout per inning, and fewer than two walks per nine innings. If you watched the All Star game this summer, you saw him strikeout Stephen Vogt, Jason Kipnis, and Jose Iglesias in his one inning of work. Pretty good stuff.

The Rockies counter with Jorge De La Rosa. Jorge is putting together a pedestrian season. His 4.85 ERA would be the worst he has ever put up as a Rockie in a full season. He has a few starts left to bring it down some, but time is running short.

Mike McKenry, DLR's usual backstop, gets the start over Nick Hundley. Other than that, the lineup is as usual for the Rockies. They're hoping it's enough to figure out deGrom and not get swept in New York. That would just be mean for Nationals fans; they rolled into DC and took two of three, and then get swept in New York? Come on.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Juan Lagares - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jose Reyes - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Curtis Granderson - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yoenis Cespedes - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Juan Uribe - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ben Paulsen - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Michael Cuddyer - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Wilmer Flores - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mike McKenry - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Travis d'Arnaud - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Brandon Barnes - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ruben Tejada - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Jorge De La Rosa - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jacob deGrom - RHP</td></tr></tbody>
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