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Jorge De La Rosa Is Re – Establishing Himself As A Front Line Pitcher

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Tuesday May.14/2013

The NL Pitcher of the Week (as named by our website only was Jorge De La Rosa - who flirted with a no - hitter in one game - en route to 2 Wins, 13 Scoreless IP, a .114 BA against and WHIP of  0.69.  If the Colorado pitcher keeps this up, he may be in the running for NL Comeback Player of the Year.

The NL Pitcher of the Week (as named by our website only was Jorge De La Rosa – who flirted with a no – hitter in one game – en route to 2 Wins, 13 Scoreless IP,  a .114 BA against –  and WHIP of 0.69. If the Colorado pitcher keeps this up, he may be in the running for NL Comeback Player of the Year.  What was is even more impressive are his 2013 numbers  at Coors Field – the hardest park in the Major Leagues to throw in.  He has authored 12 scoreless Innings Pitched – while carrying a WHIP of 0.667.  As you will see in this article, the man has been a brilliant performer in the high altitude air of Denver for his Career.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

In 2009, Jorge De La Rosa was a 16 – 9 Pitcher for a WildCard Rockies club.  He was emerging as the teams #2 pitcher behind Ubaldo Jimenez.  He put in a Career best 193 Strikeouts in 185 IP. 

After a decent 2010 campaign, the man started the year 5 – 2 – with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.186 WHIP in 2011 .  The team also started the 1st month atop of the Division – with the man from Mexico starting the campaign 4 – 0.

On 24 May 2011, the man suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, and underwent Tommy John Surgery.

2012 was a complete write off for De La Rosa as he recovered from his injury.

After having Tommy John Surgery in May of 2011, it has been a long road back for the RHP.  If he has a great season - it will bode well for his impending Free Agency

After having Tommy John Surgery in May of 2011, it has been a long road back for the RHP. If he has a great season – it will bode well for his impending Free Agency.  The club has a 2013 Team Option for $11 MIL – or if the club elects to not pay him, this would set him up for another Multi – Year Contract.

De La Rosa came into camp this year with a renewed sense of vigor.  The organization was hopeful for some contributions from him, although anything would be a bonus.  The Rockies did finish last in the NL West – with a 64 – 98 Record last season.

Since the man was last in the Starting Rotation regularly, the club has said good-bye to Aaron Cook and Jason Marquis, they also traded Ubaldo Jimenez and Jason Hammel away.

The effect of throwing at Coors Field has ruined many of Careers – although De La Rosa doesn’t really seem to mind throwing there.

In 49 Game Starts, the Right Handed Pitcher is 27 – 11 with a respectable 4.45 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP at Coors Field. Contrast to popular belief, you can be a decent Pitcher in this park,  if you put up normal numbers.

The Rockies have led the National League in home Batting Average for 19 of the last 20 years.  They have power hitter like Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler.

De La Rosa was part of the club that came flying out of the gate at 13 – 3.  The team has since dropped to 20 – 18,  but it has nothing to do with De La Rosa’s pitching.  He has been wicked.  The man has a 2.98 ERA this season.  If he keeps this up, the club will want to pick up the 2014 Team Option on the 32 Year Old.

Or if the club falls out of contention, De La Rosa could prove to be a great Trade Deadline Bargaining chip for a team in contention.

Jorge De La Rosa is already 6th on the ALL - Time Franchise Win List with a Record of 43 - 31.  Where so many Pitchers have struggled to have success - he is 27 - 11 Record and a 4.34 ERA in Denver.  He was acquired from the Kansas City Royals a month into the 2008 year.  The man was originally drafted as an amateur Free Agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He has thrown 13 Innings of scoreless baseball versus the Yankees and the Cardinals in his last two outings.  The 2 victories were the only games the club won in a 2 - 5 week just completed

Jorge De La Rosa is already 6th on the ALL – Time Franchise Win List with  43 Wins  versus only 31 defeats (.581).  Where so many Pitchers have struggled to have success – he has a 27 – 11 Record and a 4.34 ERA in Denver. He was acquired from the Kansas City Royals a month into the 2008 year. The man was originally drafted as an amateur Free Agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has thrown 13 Innings of scoreless baseball versus the Yankees and the Cardinals in his last two outings. The 2 victories were the only games the club won in a 2 – 5 week just completed.  The RHP is 4 – 3  with  2.98 ERA in 9 Game Starts – covering 45.2 IP.

Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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