Cardinals at Diamondbacks: 5 Players to Watch

By Thomas Lynch
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Jul 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

4-Rubby De La Rosa

The first-year D-back has emerged as the team’s ace and will have to pitch that way on Wednesday night. De La Rosa is 5-0 over his last seven starts with an ERA of 2.54. His 156 1/3 innings pitched and 125 strikeouts are the most on the staff. In his first full season as a starting pitcher, De La Rosa has a chance to win 15 or 16 games, numbers any Snakes’ fan would have signed up for in Spring Training. In his last outing, the 26-year old right-hander threw seven innings of two-run ball as Arizona defeated the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 6-3. De La Rosa did not make a start in the two teams’ earlier series.

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