Jorge De La Rosa surprised me with the effort he put forth in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
After what he did in his first start of the season, giving up four runs in 4.1 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers last week, I was expecting the Colorado Rockies left-handed pitcher to get shelled by the Giants.
Sure enough, he’d surrendered a three-run home run to Hunter Pence in the first inning of his second start. I didn’t figure he’d be long for that game, but I’ll admit I was surprised. De La Rosa was not only still in the game, but he was holding his own pretty well.
De La Rosa’s mistake pitch was the difference between winning and losing this game. But the effort he gave on Monday through six innings of six-hit ball with three strikeouts, especially when you compare it to last week’s disaster in Milwaukee, had to be taken as a positive sign.
Days after acquiring pitcher Aaron Harang from the Dodgers and then designating him for assignment, I thought that perhaps the Rockies might want to keep the veteran around so they can slip him into De La Rosa’s slot in the starting rotation. De La Rosa’s strong 76-pitch performance on Monday made me rethink that idea.
Another strong outing like the one he turned in against the Giants (perhaps without the home run this time?) and I’ll find myself eating my words. But, I won’t eat them just yet.