De La Rosa 'poster boy' for success at Coors

Rockies lefty tabbed for home opener April 10

De La Rosa 'poster boy' for success at Coors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Don't ask Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa the secret to pitching at Coors Field, where his .763 winning percentage since 2008 is the second-best in the Majors over that period.

But it's not because he's stingy with the info.

"I hear a lot about it, but I've never thought about it," De La Rosa said Thursday morning, the day after manager Walt Weiss revealed that he has lined up his rotation so that De La Rosa will start the April 10 home opener against the Cubs. "If I start thinking about it, I'll put pressure on myself."

It will be De La Rosa's second career home opener start. He held the Padres to one hit in 7 1/3 innings of a 7-0 victory on April 9, 2010.

De La Rosa's strong start

De La Rosa's 45 home wins are a club record, and his 69 wins are three fewer than Aaron Cook's club record (2002-11). The list of accomplishments led Weiss to refer to De La Rosa as a "poster boy" for success in a Rockies uniform, especially at Coors.

De La Rosa missed his first two scheduled Cactus League starts with left groin tightness, but threw two strong innings in a B game against the D-backs on Sunday. He will start Friday against the Athletics at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.