Dodgers Activate Project First Start In Philadelphia

Last night we got a glimpse of the speed of Dee Gordon, who made his MLB debut as a pinch runner in the ninth inning. Tonight, we get to see the rest of his game, as Gordon will make his first start, as the Dodgers battle the Phillies in the second game of the series. In fact, Gordon gets thrown right into the fire, batting leadoff. The last Dodger to bat leadoff in his first major league start was Jose Offerman on August 19, 1990.

Also making his first MLB start is one Rubby De La Rosa. There have been 16 Dodgers to make their first MLB start in the last ten years:

LA Dodgers Making Their First MLB Start 2001-2010
Pitcher Age Date IP H R ER BB K GmScr Dec Team
Carlos Monasterios 24 5/1/10 4.0 3 1 1 2 2 52 W
John Ely
23 4/28/10 6.0 5 5 5 3 4 41 L L
James McDonald 24 4/10/09 2.1 2 5 5 3 2 32 L L
Clayton Kershaw 20 5/25/08 6.0 5 2 2 1 7 60 W
Hiroki Kuroda 33 4/4/08 7.0 3 1 1 0 4 71 W W
Eric Stults 26 9/10/06 6.0 2 1 1 2 3 65 W W
Hong-Chih Kuo 25 9/8/06 6.0 3 0 0 3 7 70 W W
Chad Billingsley 21 6/15/06 5.1 6 2 2 2 3 49 W
D.J. Houlton 25 6/4/05 5.1 4 1 1 1 2 57 W W
Derek Thompson 24 5/25/05 5.0 2 2 2 4 4 55 L
Edwin Jackson 20 9/9/03 6.0 4 1 1 0 4 64 W W
Masao Kida 34 8/15/03 5.0 5 2 2 2 4 51 L L
Scott Mullen 28 8/3/03 3.0 2 3 3 5 1 39 W
Victor Alvarez 25 9/29/02 7.0 4 2 2 1 5 65 L L
Kazuhisa Ishii 28 4/6/02 5.2 2 0 0 3 10 72 W W
Terry Adams 28 6/5/01 4.2 5 3 3 0 5 47 W
Totals:  16 starts, 3.31 ERA 84.1 57 31 31 32 67 55.6 6-4 11-5

De La Rosa is quickly becoming one of the most quotable Dodgers. The 22-year old allowed no hits in four innings against San Francisco during spring training, then said of the Giants, "Champions last year, not this year." Then on Monday, De La Rosa said he wasn't nervous about tonight, per Cash Kruth of MLB.com:

"No, I'm not excited," De La Rosa said. "It's what starters do. They start. I'm not nervous. I never get nervous. I don't feel butterflies when I pitch; I don't feel anything. I grew up in the streets. How can I be scared of anything compared to that?"

The question is, just how long will De La Rosa be able to pitch tonight. He has pitched out of the bullpen with the Dodgers, and his last start in Double A was a planned two-inning stint to give his arm a rest. His last "regular" start was May 15. Here are is pitch counts of the last three weeks, with a little help from Tom Tango's pitch count estimator (for the two minor league outings):

Rubby De La Rosa's Last 5 Outings
Date Pitches
May 15 (AA) 96
May 21 (AA) 31
May 24 13
May 27 29
May 30 28

Lineups

Dodgers Phillies
SS Gordon CF Victorino
3B Blake 3B Polanco
RF Ethier 2B Utley
CF Kemp 1B Howard
2B Uribe LF Ibañez
1B Loney C Ruiz
C Navarro RF Brown
LF Sands SS Valdez
P De La Rosa
P Oswalt

Game Time: 4:05 p.m.

TV: KCAL, MLB Network

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