Paul Clemens aims to leave a lasting impression in his 2016 debut for the National League East's second-place Marlins as he takes on a revamped Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies to close out a four-game series on Monday at Marlins Park.
Clemens, a non-roster invitee in Spring Training, was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday to take a struggling Justin Nicolino's rotation spot. In 14 starts at the club's top affiliate, Clemens went 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA. The 28-year-old strung together three solid performances in his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA. He last made a start in the big leagues in 2013.
De La Rosa (3-4, 7.61 ERA) dropped a hesitation in his delivery, which has helped turn his season around. After beginning the year 1-4 with an 11.41 ERA in six starts, he was moved to the bullpen in late May to figure things out. Three strong relief appearances later he returned to the rotation on Tuesday to shut out the Yankees over five innings.
Three things to know about this game
• Clemens will make his first Major League start since Sept. 28, 2013, when he was a member of the Astros. In two career appearances against Colorado, he's 2-0 and has allowed no runs in 2 2/3 innings.
• Among pitchers with at least 10 innings, De La Rosa's 14.40 ERA in road games is the highest in the National League. He's 0-2 in three starts away from Coors Field this year.
• Lefties are hitting .311 off De La Rosa this year, a steep incline from his .229 career mark. The two left-handed hitting Marlins who have faced the southpaw -- Ichiro Suzuki and Christian Yelich -- are a combined 6-for-20 (.300) against him.