In Philadelphia 54 days ago, Rubby De La Rosa and Dee Gordon each made their first major league starts, each contributing in a 6-2 win over the Phillies. Today, both are reunited again as they each start a new chapter in their major league career. Gordon is back with the Dodgers for his second stint, filling the void at shortstop left by the trade of Rafael Furcal to St. Louis.
De La Rosa's new chapter is minor, as he has remained with the big club since he was promoted on May 23. However, today is Rubby's first start with his new uniform number of 41. De La Rosa was doing very well as number 50, averaging nearly a strikeout per inning with an ERA, FIP, xFIP, and SIERA in the mid threes. In his last five starts, De La Rosa has been even better, with a 2.03 ERA to go along with nine unintentional walks and 27 strikeouts in 31 innings. Today is Rubby's first appearance against the Diamondbacks.
Joe Saunders has faced the Dodgers twice this season and has lost both games. He allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings on May 13 at Dodger Stadium, and allowed four runs in six innings on July 15 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Juan Rivera and Matt Kemp each homered off Saunders in Arizona, and Rod Barajas took Saunders deep back in May.
One day after trading for Jason Marquis, Arizona made another move for a pitcher, sending first baseman Brandon Allen and relief pitcher Jordan Norberto to Oakland for reliever Brad Ziegler. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has the details.
Game Time: 1:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket