The Colorado Rockies' visit to Arizona didn't go well at all, as it was capped with a 7-0 loss on Sunday afternoon. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed five of those runs while several teams had scouts there to watch him. But now the Rockies are in Los Angeles for a three-game set with the Dodgers--the site where Jimenez threw a complete game shutout on June 1, but where he will miss this time around.
Juan Nicasio (4-2, 3.88 ERA) draws the start for the Rockies and hopes to continue his recent string of success. After Atlanta roughed him up before the end of the first half of the season, Nicasio has bounced back in his two post-All-Star Break starts. He tamed the Milwaukee Brewers for seven shutout innings, holding them to four hits and picking up four strikeouts. He received a second chance against the Braves on July 20 and did his all to help the Rockies win, but he picked up the no-decision in the 3-2 Colorado win. He allowed one run in seven innings. Nicasio has one career start against the Dodgers. He allowed four runs over five innings in a June 9 start at Coors.
Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 3.73 ERA) will make his third appearance and second start against the Rockies this season. In the third game of his career (May 31), De La Rosa pitched two innings of effective relief in the Dodgers' 8-2 victory. He followed on May 12 with a five-inning start, allowing three runs on a Seth Smith three-run home run.
The Dodgers are 2.5 games behind the Rockies for third place in the division and have just won two straight. The Rockies, meanwhile, are losers of their last two games. First pitch for this game is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT.