"Hopefully it's the start of something."
Those words were spoken by Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg after Monday's 9-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, but really, they have been spoken by just about every person connected to the Philadelphia Phillies since the tragic end of the 2011 season.
The quest to generate some kind of winning streak continues tonight when Cole Hamels squares off against Jorge De La Rosa at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05pm ET. And the Phils will try to avoid getting shut out at home for the seventh time in their last 17 home dates.
De La Rosa has been hot for Colorado, with a 5-0 record and 1.85 ERA over his last 34 innings, after an 0-2 start and a 9.69 ERA in his first three. Hamels is also hot, with a 2.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his last 21 innings.
One thing in the Phillies' favor is that the Rockies have not won a series in Philadelphia since August of 2005. The Phils are also 96-67 all-time against Colorado since the Rockies came into being in 1993.
Some important lineup changes for tonight; Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown get the night off against the tough lefty.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Drew Stubbs - CF||Ben Revere - CF|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Jimmy Rollins - SS|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Carlos Gonzalez - LF||Marlon Byrd - RF|
|Michael Cuddyer - RF||Darin Ruf - 1B|
|Justin Morneau - 1B||John Mayberry - LF|
|Wilin Rosario - C||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|C. Culberson - 3B||Cesar Hernandez - 3B|
|J. De La Rosa - LHP||Cole Hamels - LHP|