Saturday, April 9, 2016

Story aims for more history vs. Pomeranz, Padres

Pardon the pun, but the craziest story in baseball this season has been, without a doubt, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story. The 23-year-old rookie has homered in each of his first four games (five times overall), and he'll get a chance to grow that legend Saturday afternoon when Colorado hosts the Padres in the second game of a three-game set.
With a home run Saturday, Story would become the first player in Major League history to go deep in each of the first five games of a season. He already became the first player to tally six homers in his first four games.
He'll be facing Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who makes his debut after earning a rotation spot in Spring Training. Pomeranz, who came over from Oakland in an offseason trade, spent the first three years of his career in Colorado, where he posted a 5.20 ERA.
Meanwhile, Jorge De La Rosa takes the hill for the Rockies, following a rough first start. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in Monday's opener, but the Rockies won anyway.
Three things to know about this game
• No active player has more at-bats against De La Rosa than Matt Kemp -- and Kemp has had plenty of success against the veteran right-hander, posting a .458/.491/.938 career slash line with five homers in 48 at-bats.
• The Rockies and Padres have combined to score more than 10 runs in six of their last seven meetings at Coors Field.
• De La Rosa's start on Saturday will be the 28th appearance of his career against the Padres, more than any other club. He's 8-6 with a 4.87 ERA in those outings.

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