The bullpen has caused all sorts of problems for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2013 Major League Baseball season. With 19 blown saves and a 3.32 earned run average, the Diamondbacks are looking for all the help they can get at this point. It is unknown if reliever Eury De La Rosa will be able to bolster the bullpen, but he will certainly get his opportunity when he makes his Major League debut.
“If you imagine getting the news you’ve wanted to hear since you were a baby, it’s almost unexplainable how exciting the news is,” De La Rosa said via an interpreter, according to Dbacks.com.
De La Rosa should have every reason to be excited. Unfortunately, he will make his big league debut under a little pressure considering the fan base wants something done immediately regarding the improvement of the bullpen. The hope is that the left-hander will be the first new addition to help the group of relievers head in the right direction.
The good news is De La Rosa is considered to be a fearless pitcher who will not be intimidated by Major League sluggers. Obviously, that is something Arizona needs after the bullpen has surrendered 32 home runs this year.
“Baseball for me is basically the same, whether it’s Single A or the big leagues,” De La Rosa said, according to Dbacks.com. “It’s always the same, and if this is the level you want to play at, if this is the level you want to get to, you can’t have fear because otherwise you’re never going to get here.”
De La Rosa posted a 1-4 record with a 5.14 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 37 appearances with Triple-A this season. The record and earned run average are not ideal, but the Diamondbacks are confident the 23-year-old will be able to handle himself just fine.