It was a long layoff for Jorge DeLarosa after experiencing an injury in 2011 against the same team he is facing tonight. DeLaRosa was victimized by a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, requiring Tommy John ligament transfer surgery signifying the end of his season. He had posted a record of 4-0 in April, and had a 1–2 May before the injury. He pitched just 3 games last season (0-2 9.28 ERA) and got off to a slow start in 2013 as well over his first few outings with an ERA over 6. His last start looked a lot more promising in a 2-1 win over San Diego and looks to build on that performance that made him prominent to his season best 16 wins back in 2009.
Holding a 6-2 career record against the snakes, he'll be up against a lineup in which other than Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado who each have 3 HRs, have been light hitting over the first few weeks of the regular season. Losing Justin Upton has brought a few more challenges offensively to this Arizona lineup, but the core heavy hitters in Miguel Montero, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra have otherwise been relatively silent. Respectively the team is hitting .258 but are capable of doing more damage considering their pitching staff which can give them a chance to win more games. Colorado has won its' first 7 games at home outscoring their opponents by almost 30 runs at Coors, a ballpark still known for its' high altitude and carrying fly balls which will only increase when the weather improves. With Arizona in the midst of a 9 game road trip, the offense can use a few shots in the arm.
The D-Backs counter with Trevor Cahill who despite pitching well has endured some hard luck at 0-2 with just a 3.50 ERA. However, his previous outings haven't been as successful against Colorado going just 1-3 with an ERA of 5.65. Cahill needs to show more confidence as he has endured first inning misfortunes due to lack of velocity and command of his fastball. The Rockies as most would expect are off to a torrid start overall hitting .289 with 26 HR collectively. Dexter Fowler at the top of the lineup leads the club with 7 HR despite only driving in 10 while Troy Tulowitzki (.314 5 15) is off to another solid start as is Carlos Gonzalez (.373 4 9). Throw in the consistency of Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario along with the veteran leadership of Todd Helton, and this lineup can sure spell trouble for the NL opposition as long as they stay healthy.
The price is a little steep this evening, but we know these offenses are capable of putting up more offense than last night given the elements early in the season. Another slow start by Cahill could mean the sizzling Colorado bats may take advantage early and continue the feast against the middle relievers if things get out of hand. Meanwhile it's anybody's guess how DeLaRosa will respond after his last outing which could give the DBacks an opportunity to break out and perhaps score some runs putting them in a position to win this series. Best of luck however you play!