Jorge De La Rosa was basically a one-man show today pitching the Rockies to a 6-4 victory over ace Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. He gave up an unearned run in the first inning and went on cruise control the rest of his outing. He fanned 11 batters and issued no walks while allowing eight hits and two runs (one unearned) over 7.1 innings. Despite striking out 11 guys, he only needed 110 pitches. It was rumored that there were at least four teams scouting JDLR and his performance only enhanced his value on the trade market. The question comes down to whether the Rockies need a stud Coors Field pitcher for the foreseeable future or should they be sellers? After today’s performance, his record improved to 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA. Most of his ERA and losses came in April. Enhancing his trade value is the fact that he has won 11 games for a team that has barely won more than 11 games. The determining factor comes down to how much Colorado can get in return vs. the fact that JDLR is the equivalent of signing a top shelf free agent pitcher that can win consistently at Coors Field.
The Rockies struck for three runs in the first inning to wipe away the Nationals’ score to start the ball game. Josh Rutledge and Corey Dickerson had back to back doubles ahead of Ben Paulsen and Mike McKenry run scoring singles. Then it was basically a pitching duel through eight innings with the Rockies expanding their lead to 6-2 after eight innings. JDLR faced the first batter for a left on left situation to get the first out and Zero got the next two outs on six pitches. Then LaTroy Hawkins’ job was to finish off the Nationals. He got a quick two outs before Washington hit four straight singles to close the deficit to 6-4. Rutledge made an error that would have ended the game, but instead the bases were juiced for Ian Desmond who has been a Rocky Killer for a long time. Strikeout and ball game over.
Colorado has the day off tomorrow before Pittsburgh comes to town this weekend to help start a new losing streak for the Rockies in their attempt to gain the first overall draft pick. It looks like Brett Anderson, Tyler Matzek, and Kerosene will be the scheduled pitchers for this series. Then JDLR could potentially make his final start for the Rockies on either Monday or Tuesday in Chicago depending on whether we skip Yohan Flande or not.
The lottery was held for the compensation picks today. Colorado won the #2 pick after the first round for 2015. Last month they chose Forrest Wall with the #1 compensation pick after the first round. So there is some extra value in that pick.