JDLR Squarely in Trade Talks After 7.1 IP in Win

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.

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Gary
Gary
6 years ago

I want to keep him so we can see a professionally pitched game at least once aweek.But if we could rent him out for prospects and then resign him,bring up Gray for a try out for 6 weerks,I might be in agreement.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

The Tigers/Rangers trade yesterday (Tigers acquired Joakim Soria – a proven, but past his prime, Closer) from the Rangers should give us an idea of what the return should be. The Rangers received 2 solid pitching prospects. One, Corey Knebel, profiles as a solid ML reliever, maybe even a Closer. The other, Jake Thompson, profiles as a #3 type starter.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

BTW – the Rangers, a team hit harder by injuries than the Rox, have a clear plan as the deadline approaches. They’ll be aggressive with dealing pieces of their bullpen, and probably Alex Rios. Their highest profile injured players (Derek Holland, Prince Fielder, and Jurickson Profar) are all tracking well to be ready for 2015 ST. They’re planning on exercising their option with Adrian Beltre. Their Farm remains typically strong. In other words……..they’ll be right back in contention next year.… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

File this under stuff you can’t make up (and call 911 in advance – Ag will have a heart attack) – from RotoWorld and FOX: “According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Mariners have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs. But Morosi says the Rockies are unsure whether they’re going to move the 29-year-old outfielder, who has a career-best .833 OPS with 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 82 games this season. Much of that production can be… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

They only trade people who are performing poorly. Thus, the great amount of depth on this team…..

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Trading Stubbs makes sense. Yes, he’s hit some HRs and can fly. But he’s a strikeout machine. If you can get a decent prospect for him do it in a NY minute. Speaking of NY, Rockies just traded Chris Capuano to the Yankees for cash considerations which unfortunately is not the reincarnation of either Norm or Dave Cash. On Monday Capuano struck out 11 in 7 innings in AAA but the Rockies brought back Flande instead. I’m not sure if… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

The Capuano trade is really strange. I figured that the way that things are going that Capuano would get the chance to start for the Rockies before the season is out. Why would you trade him for cash considerations? It doesn’t make sense to me.

I would trade high on Stubbs. We tend to not trade high on players, but wait until their trade value is reduced to zero.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Had Capuano been on the 40 man roster? That might be a reason to trade him to free up a spot.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

You guys are right. Trading Capuano for “cash considerations” says one thing to me: we’re going for that first draft pick! Not that he would be anything other than a reacquired Jeff Francis c. 2012 — but remember, people then gave Francis credit for stabilizing the horrible rotation situation we had then. And apparently there was some demand for Capuano. Whatever. Can’t say I really care at this point if we win 62 games instead of 70 games. And Stubbs… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

All sorts of trade rumors involving the Rox in various media outlets this AM – too numerous to cut and paste here. Long story short – Yankees are interested in JDLR and Mets and Cardinals in Tulo.

Surprisingly (to me) – Mets just made it into Keith Law’s top 5 mid-season Farm systems (#4 I think).

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Mets have a TON of young pitchers I would love to see on the Rockies!! I would love to see Harvey on the Rockies!!

Harvey and Snydergaard for Tulo!! Do it! Throw in Eric Young Jr. too

Gary
Gary
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Nice try Pooter.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Has anyone noticed that sometimes things discussed on this site show up in the media a few days later? With the trade rumors/noise generated in the last few days (and pretty much staying focused on those rumors and rumored teams), I’m think the following: Stubbs/Hawk to the Mariners for Danny Farquhar (we’ll have to pay Hawk’s salary for the rest of the season). The Cards need a Catcher. Send them Wilin and a prospect or two for Carlos Martinez. The… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

You may be correct – in fact, you probably are correct. But if anything could develop Wilin defensively it would be Yadier Molina mentoring him.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I have to disagree on this. We always talk about trading players when they have the most value to get supposedly the most in return. Trouble is, time and again the “prospects” that we have gotten in trades have way more often than not turned out to be duds, not studs. I hear all this banter about trading our good players for the future but I just don’t see that working out very well, at least not with the current… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Bob, I think that I agree as to Tulo, although I’d at least listen to other team’s offers. Tulo does so many things at a high level that he’s hard to replace. As to Stubbs, I’d sell high because we have Blackman and Dickerson and CarGo to be the starters (I’d also listen to offers on CarGo), with other outfielders in the queue (Parker soon and Dahl in a while). As to Morneau I’d sell high because we have Paulsen… Read more »

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