Game Time: 7:10pm
Record: 1-0 Era: 4.08 K: 13 BB: 4 WHIP: 1.25
Called upon to replace the disabled Fernando Nieve in the rotation, the 22-year-old Niese sparkled last Saturday in Houston, relying more on his high-80s fastball than his trademark curveball. He held the Astros to one run on four hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out three. Counting his previous seven starts with Triple-A Buffalo, Niese has now produced a 0.78 ERA over his last eight outings. His next start — presumably, he has earned one — will come against the Rockies, another team he has never faced.
Record: 8-7 Era: 4.78 K: 112 BB: 47 WHIP: 1.37
De La Rosa, who stated the year 0-6, leads all Major League pitchers with eight wins since June 1. In his last start, he went 7 1/3 innings and struck out seven, against no walks, in an 8-2 victory over the Giants. He threw just 96 pitches and could have had a complete game, but getting Rafael Betancourt and rookie Jhoulys Chacin (who made his Major League debut) was a priority.