Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Series Preview

By Dennis Tresca
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Apr 18, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher

Rubby De La Rosa

(12) walks towards the dugout after giving up two runs to the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2: April 25th: Pirates@Diamondbacks

Pitching Matchup: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1) vs. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-1)

De La Rosa is coming off a strong start, going 6 2/3 innings and giving up 3 earned runs in a loss to the Giants. Although he sports a high ERA, De La Rosa has shown grit in his starts this season and seems to be improving every time he takes the mound.

A.J. Burnett is another pitcher suffering from lack of offensive support. The winless Burnett pitched another great game on Monday against the Cubs, allowing only 1 run in 6 innings for another no decision. He is starting off the season in great form. The Diamondbacks hitters should have their hands full with this matchup.