After a miserable trip, the Colorado Rockies are looking forward to the confines of Coors Field, where they've been one of the best home teams in the majors this season.
Conversely, the Arizona Diamondbacks have played much better on the road than they have in their own ballpark.Colorado looks to snap a season-worst four-game skid as starter Jose De La Rosa tries to continue his hot stretch against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.The Rockies (28-28) fell to .500 for the first time since April 20 by going 2-7 on a road trip that ended with a walkoff two-run homer in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Cleveland.They were outscored 46-26 on the trip."We'll get on a plane, go home, and start a winning streak again," manager Walt Weiss said. "It will be nice to go home, but we need to play well whether we're there or on the road."Colorado still leads the majors in batting average by a good margin at .284, hitting a baseball-best .344 at home compared to .239 on the road. The Rockies' 162 runs at home are third in the league despite being tied for the second-fewest home games in the majors.Troy Tulowitzki went 6 for 30 on the trip, but he's hitting .521 in 20 games at Coors, where the Rockies are 16-7."We're really happy to go home and just feel rested," said Carlos Gonzalez, who went 2 for 20 in seven games on the trip. "It will be a good thing to go home for some home cookin'."De La Rosa has been solid no matter where he's pitched lately.Since going 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA over his first four starts, De La Rosa (6-3, 3.66 ERA) is 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA over his last seven. The only time he didn't earn a victory was when rain suspended his outing against San Francisco on May 22.The left-hander gave up one run in six innings of a 6-2 win over Philadelphia last Tuesday despite a bruised middle finger on his pitching hand.De La Rosa has never lost to the Diamondbacks at Coors Field since joining the Rockies in 2008, going 8-0 with a 1.79 ERA in 10 starts. He didn't have the best outing against them April 5, though, as he allowed four runs -- three earned -- and threw 101 pitches in 4 1/3 innings of Colorado's 9-4 win.The Rockies have won four of six meetings this season with the Diamondbacks (23-36), who dropped the final three of their seven-game homestand after Sunday's 4-3 loss.Arizona has the fewest home wins in the majors, but it is 14-14 on the road. The Diamondbacks are last in baseball with a 4.47 ERA, though their starters have a 3.00 ERA in the last five away from home.Chase Anderson looks to help improve that mark while remaining unbeaten.Anderson (3-0, 4.02) is the first Arizona pitcher to win his first three big league starts, but the latter two victories came mainly because of solid run support. After giving up one run in his debut against the Chicago White Sox on May 11, he's allowed nine runs -- six earned -- in 10 1/3 innings over his last two outings.The Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 18-7 on May 17 and San Diego 12-6 on Wednesday, marking their two highest run totals of the season."That's a pitcher's dream right there," the right-hander said.Colorado outscored Arizona 24-11 while taking two of three at Coors Field from April 4-6.
Jorge De La Rosa throws 42 percent of his pitches to righties on the inside part of the plate, 4th highest among qualified starters. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .296 in at-bats ending with a pitch inside, above the .269 league average.