The road-weary Rockies have two items to look forward to after being swept out of Cleveland: An off-day Monday and a game at Coors Field on Tuesday that kicks off a 10-game homestand.
The Rockies limp west having dropped seven of nine games on a road trip that featured stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Cleveland. Colorado entered its eastern venture five games above .500 and three games back in the division. The team returns home -- where 16 of its next 22 games will be -- at 28-28 and trail National League West leading San Francisco by 8 1/2 games.
"This definitely was one of the toughest parts of the schedule," left fielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "We're really happy to go home and just feel rested. All this stuff, rain delays, a lot of late-night sleep, it's tough on the body. But we can't complain. We just have to play baseball. But it will be a good thing to go home for some home cookin'."
Still holding onto third place in the division, the Rockies will host the D-backs for three games to start the homestand. Based on past results this season, this is good news for the Rockies, who are 4-2 against Arizona this season, their best mark against any opponent.
One of those wins came in a start made by Jorge De La Rosa, who will get the ball Tuesday. De La Rosa actually had a lousy outing the first time he faced the D-backs this season, giving up four runs -- three earned -- in 4 1/3 innings on 101 pitches.
De La Rosa's start against Arizona was the norm for the left-hander in the early going this season. He never made it into the fifth inning in any of his first three starts and allowed a combined 14 runs in 13 innings -- an ERA of 9.69.
But De La Rosa's season has been a much different story since those initial trio of appearances. In his last eight starts, De La Rosa is 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA, a 0.870 WHIP and an opposing batting average of .209.
De La Rosa was even a rare bright spot during the Rockies' road trip, and in his sole start, he allowed just one run in six innings against the Phillies. He did so with a bruised left middle finger, lowered his season ERA to 3.66 and his effort helped the Rockies secure their only victory of the last week.
"He's our guy; he's special," catcher Wilin Rosario said of De La Rosa. "He has a bruise on one of his fingers, but he gave us the opportunity to win the game."
Looking to erase the memories of a dismal road trip, the Rockies will need De La Rosa to do the same Tuesday.
D-backs: Anderson looks to keep record unblemished
Chase Anderson's stat line may not raise any eyebrows, but he and the D-backs have won in all three starts he's made this season.
Anderson, a right-handed rookie who debuted on May 11, will put his perfect record on the line in the series opener against Colorado as he attempts to improve to 4-0. Anderson's first start went very well as far as Major League debuts go, as the 26-year-old struck out six and gave up just two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox.
His last two starts haven't gone quite as well. He's given up nine runs (six earned) and 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings -- but his offense has had his back.
In Anderson's last two outings, the D-backs have combined for 30 runs, dropping 18 on the Dodgers and 12 on the Padres.
Rockies: Cuddyer's time at third could allow more chances for Dickerson
With third baseman Nolan Arenado sidelined with a broken left middle finger, Rockies manager Walt Weiss will use Michael Cuddyer to help fill the void on the left side of the infield.
Cuddyer's typical post is in right field, but whenever Weiss pencils him in at third base, like he did Sunday, it will open up an extra spot in the outfield. And Corey Dickerson may be the biggest beneficiary of those added opportunities.
Dickerson has appeared in 14 games as a pinch-hitter, and three as a designated hitter this past weekend against the Indians. His other appearances have come in either left or center field, where he may be more often on the team's upcoming home stand because of his hot bat.
Dickerson has homered in two straight games, and just missed a third round-tripper when he hit a pitch to the wall in the third inning of a Sunday game against the Indians. Dickerson's power stroke has been there all season and he entered Sunday with a slash line of .341/.396/.682.
Counting Cuddyer, the Rockies have six outfielders on their roster, so it's unlikely Dickerson, a left-handed hitter, will be used in an everyday role.
Ellis Burks, a special instructor in the Rockies organization, was with the team in Cleveland. And as a former outfielder, the 18-year Major League veteran knows that sharing time can sometimes be tough for a player, but it can greatly benefit a team.
"You have to buy into everything that the manager and the organization is trying to do," Burks said. "As a player in the offseason, before they sign a guy they have to do their research to see if this guy will be a fit. You don't want to bring someone into any organization that's going to be troublesome. If he's playing every day and he's not going to accept this role, you can't do that."
• Rockies batters entered Sunday with the fewest strikeouts in the National League, but the team went down on strikes often as it was swept by Cleveland. Including 12 punchouts Sunday, the Rockies struck out 38 times in the three-game series.
• D-backs outfielder David Peralta collected two hits in his Major League debut Sunday. Peralta was called up from Double-A Mobile after A.J. Pollock broke his right hand.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.