Today’s Matchup – May 18, 2011


The Rockies open up their 2011 season series with the Philadelphia Phillies today, just one day removed from a sweep of the Giants.

Last night, the Rockies rallied to win for the first time this year after being down past the 7th inning. That was the team’s achilles’ heel last year, and so far, they’ve had 15 come-from-behind wins in 2011, best in the Majors.

Cole Hamels, the starting pitcher, has never beaten the Rockies. Officially, he’s 0-1, but that doesn’t take into account the 2007 postseason. It’ll be a pitcher’s duel as Jorge De La Rosa takes the ball for the Rockies. Jorge is 5-1 on the year.

Carlos Gonzalez has the Phillies’ number in his career, batting .429 against the team last year. Here are the lineups for tonight’s game.

Game #41: Jorge De La Rosa (5-1, 3.70 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19 ERA)

Tonight’s Lineups
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Michael Martinez, CF
Placido Polanco, 3B
Ryan Howard, 1B
John Mayberry, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Wilson Valdez, 2B
Cole Hamels, P

Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF
Alfredo Amezega, 2B
Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Todd Helton 1B
Jose Lopez, 3B
Ryan Spilborghs, RF
Chris Iannetta, C
Jorge De La Rosa, P

First pitch is set for 5:05pm Mountain time. ROOT Sports will broadcast the game in the Rocky Mountain region, and CSN in Philadelphia. The game will also be simulcast on ESPN as part of their Wednesday Night Baseball series. On the radio, 850 KOA will have the call in Denver, and WPHT 1210 will broadcast the game in Philadelphia.