Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is among the right-handed bats that are on the bench tonight as the Rockies look to snap a three-game losing streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Gerrit Cole.
Just three Rockies, Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu and Brandon Barnes, will bat from the right side against Cole, who does not have a big split with regard to handedness. Lefties have a .639 OPS against Cole in his career, compared to a .648 OPS for right-handers.
This will be just Cole's second career start against the Rockies and his first appearance at Coors Field. He allowed three runs on three hits in 5⅓ innings with two walks and six strikeouts against the Rockies in August 2013 at PNC Park.
Cristhian Adames will get the start for the Rockies at shortstop in Story's place. Story is just 2-for-22 in his last six games with eight strikeouts in that span.
On the mound for the Rockies is lefty Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa has struggled in his first four starts of the season with a 9.87 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in 17⅓ innings. Those numbers are similar to his first four starts of 2015, in which he had a 9.56 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 16 innings. In his fifth start last season, De La Rosa gave up just two hits in 7⅓ shutout innings against the Dodgers.
De La Rosa will face a Pirates lineup that sees Andrew McCutchen return, playing center field and batting second. Jason Rogers will also play first base in place of John Jaso, with shortstop Jordy Mercer rising to the leadoff spot.
First pitch tonight is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Mountain time.