Rubby De La Rosa's 2015 went from bad to worse in the second half, when instead of his results catching up to his strikeout rate, his strikeout rate caught up to his results, leaving him with no redeeming qualities as he played out the string. He didn't lose anything in terms of stuff, though, so the promise he showed the first two months, when he had a 1.14 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings despite a 4.50 ERA, is still reason for optimism. He just hasn't shown enough of it now five years into his big-league career to distinguish himself at a talent-rich position, making him a sleeper better left for NL-only leagues.
Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray was stellar Tuesday in a win over the Dodgers, pitching six shutout innings, striking out seven, while allowing just three hits and walking two. Ray's last five starts have been pretty good, with the exception of one clunker against the Padres in his last outing. He has punched out at least seven in three of those starts and has an 8.3 K/9 rate on the season in 117 1/3 innings. Command has always been the biggest concern with Ray, but he has limited the long ball effectively this year (0.6 HR/9) despite walking his fair share, which is critical considering his home park. His future looks much brighter today than it did coming into the season.
Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray went his typical five innings Friday against the Dodgers, but didn't have to sweat out the rest of the game. Leads of 11-0 tend to take the tension away. Ray pitched shutout ball on two hits and three walks. He struck out a pair. He escaped jams in the second and third in breaking a personal seven-game losing streak. The left-hander has not made it through the sixth inning in any of his last four outings.
Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray pitched well on Saturday, but he was out-dueled by Cubs' right-hander Jake Arrieta in the 2-0 loss. Ray went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked three and matched a season-high with eight punchouts. The Cubs scratcehd out a run against Ray (3-11, 3.72 ERA) in the fourth inning, and Dexter Fowler launched a solo home run in the fifth for the only scoring of the day. The Diamondbacks were unable to offer anything offensively, and Ray was saddled with the tough-luck loss. Ray hasn't been pitching deep into games lately, going at least six innings in just two of his last seven outings. He also owns a 5.66 ERA over that stretch.
Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray pitched well enough to receive a win in Monday's loss to the Rockies, but the bullpen could not hold the lead. Ray allowed one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out eight and walked three. His ERA is now 3.72 Ray is winless in his last nine starts.
Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray had a rough night on the mound against the Cardinals on Tuesday. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits over three-plus innings. He struck out three while walking five in the 9-1 loss. Ray (3-10, 3.86 ERA) was hit early and often in this one, as he allowed four runs to score in the very first inning. Ray started the fourth inning, but the first two men reached safely, promting manager Chip Hale to make a change. The bullpen would allow both of those runs to score, closing the book on the lefty starter. This was the first rough outing for the rookie southpaw in quite a while. Ray had allowed a total of nine runs over his previous three starts, and Tuesday was the first time he had given up more than four runs in any start this year.