--C Chris Iannetta started on Opening Day each of the past two years but ended up losing his job, first to Yorvit Torrealba in 2009 and then to Miguel Olivo last year. There was a worse indignity in 2010: Iannetta was demoted to Class AAA in late April after a 4-for-30 start and spent a month in the minors. Iannetta has three hits in his first two games this April. His backup to start this season is Jose Morales, who was acquired from the Twins for a minor league pitcher and has limited experience in the majors.
Iannetta, who turns 28 on Friday, knows it's now or never with the Rockies and has gotten off to a good start and, in his words, has taken ownership of the position.
"You don't really act like that when you're not the guy," he said, "The last few years, I felt like I was babysitting the spot for Olivo or Torrealba. It's different now."
--CF Dexter Fowler, the Rockies' leadoff hitter, has two doubles and two RBI in two games. Last year, his second double came April 16 in his 10th game, and his second RBI came April 27 in his 21st game.
--The Rockies have had little success recently with the Dodgers, whom they play in a two-game series at Coors Field. Colorado went 7-11 against the Dodgers overall last year and 3-6 at Coors Field. In 2009, the Rockies went 4-14 against the Dodgers overall and 2-7 at Coors Field.
--In two games with the Diamondbacks to start the season, Rockies pitchers held hitters to a .154 (4-for-26) average with runners in scoring positions, including one double, one homer and five RBI. The homer was Justin Upton's three-run shot in the fifth off Ubaldo Jimenez on Opening Day that gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead in what became their 7-6 win in 11 innings. Rockies hitters haven't fared much better with runners in scoring position. They're hitting .205 (5-for-24) with two doubles and six RBI.
--LHP Franklin Morales is the only member of the Rockies bullpen who didn't pitch in their first two games. The only position player who hasn't seen action is backup C Jose Morales, who was scheduled to start Sunday in the Rockies-Diamondbacks game that was postponed.
BY THE NUMBERS
25 -- Wins for LHP Jorge De La Rosa in 43 starts since June 5, 2009. He's 25-10 with a 3.99 ERA in that span. Counting the one relief appearance De La Rosa made in that 44-game stretch, the Rockies are 31-13 in those games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I feel like it's my staff. These are my guys." -- C Chris Iannetta, on working with the pitchers now that he is clearly the Rockies' regular catcher.
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