Tag:Jorge De La Rosa
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 5:19 pm

On Deck: Duffy's coronation

By C. Trent Rosecrans

ROYAL DEBUT: We recently saw the start of the Royals' rich minor league system infiltrate the big leagues with the promotion of Eric Hosmer (.270/.349/.568 in 10 games), and now we're beginning to see what really may be the strength of the team's system -- left-handed pitching. Duffy is one of four left-handed starters ranked in the top 10 of Baseball America's ranking of Royals prospects (deemed perhaps the best system ever) -- and third among those, behind John Lamb and Mike Montgomery. Duffy was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts in Triple-A, has above-average stuff, including a mid-90s fastball. Rangers at Royals, 8:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Jorge De La RosaCole HamelsLEFTY BONANZA: The pitching matchup of the night leans further left than Dennis Kucinich -- the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa against Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. De La Rosa has struggled in his career against the Phillies, going 0-3 with a 9.78 ERA, but he's had better results this year than in years past, accumulating a 5-1 record with a 3.70 ERA. Looking a little closer to his numbers, there's not a whole lot of difference between De La Rosa last year and this year, his xFIP is similar (3.61 this season, 3.65 last). The biggest differences are that he's walking fewer batters (3.70 walks per 9), getting more ground balls (42 percent this season, 52.3 last) and fewer of his fly balls are traveling for homers (7.7 percent this season, 7.7 last). Hamels struggled a little in his first and last start, but in the six in between those two, he's 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Rockies at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

Bud NorrisBAD MATCHUP: As Matt wrote earlier, Albert Pujols has tied his career-long with 22 games without a homer. For the most part, you'd expect him to own a guy named Bud -- but a look at the stats say no. Against Astros starter Bud Norris, Pujols is hitting .235/.316/.353 with two doubles in 19 plate appearances -- and no home runs. In seven career starts against the Cardinals, Norris is 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA at Busch Stadium. Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse didn't allow a run in seven innings against the Astros in a win on April 27. Astros at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:59 am

On Deck: Remember us?


By Matt Snyder

We've got the usual full slate of games on Sunday and expect to see a lot of pink on Mother's Day. Also, for fun, count the number of times Chris Berman says "Mother's Day" on Baseball Tonight. I would say to make it a drinking game, but I don't want to be the root of alcohol poisoning. Lots of good games today, including the ones in Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Texas, but here are your three storylines of the day.

CHAMPS ON THE PROWL: After back-to-back walk-off victories against the Rockies, the Giants are now only two games back in the NL West -- the closest they've been to first place since April 9. The champs have now won four of five games and are back above .500 for the first time since April 22. Meanwhile, the Rockies have now lost three straight games in walk-off fashion and five of six overall. They've been in first place since April 6, but a loss Sunday to the Giants would knock the division lead down to a mere game. Things haven't been that close for the Rocks since April 9. Jorge De La Rosa (4-0, 2.92) toes the slab for the Rockies while Ryan Vogelsong (1-0, 4.40) get the ball for the Giants. Of course, it could always come down the respective bullpens ... again.

BEST PITCHING MATCHUP: ESPN chose the correct game for Sunday Night Baseball. The Phillies enter the game with the best record in the National League while the Braves have been playing good baseball of late, having a six-game winning streak snapped Saturday night. They'll look to start another winning streak with Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52) taking the hill. Jurrjens has had great success in Citizen's Bank Park. In five career starts there, he sports a 1.87 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. His counterpart Sunday night is no slouch, either, as Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) will go for the Phillies. If you throw out Hamels' first disastrous outing, he's 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA. He's already handled the Braves with ease this season, working seven shutout innings, allowing five baserunners and striking out eight hitters in getting the win on April 10.

NO NO-NO: We can safely say there isn't going to be another no-hitter in Toronto, and not simply from an odds perspective. Brad Penny (2-3, 5.23), the Tigers' follow-up act to Justin Verlander's no-hitter, has allowed 40 hits in 41 1/3 innings this season. He has had some good outings, but only three quality starts in seven tries. Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 4.66) gets the assignment for the Blue Jays, and he's coughed up 37 hits in 29 innings.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 3:24 pm

Belt optioned to Triple-A to make room for Ross

Brandon BeltBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Talk about a bad birthday -- Brandon Belt will celebrate his 22nd birthday today by going to Fresno.

With Cody Ross activated and in today's lineup against the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa, the Giants had to make a move and it was the rookie first baseman who was optioned to Triple-A Fresno.

"Yeah, a pretty good birthday present," Belt told reporters, including Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. "I'm not taking it too bad. It's a numbers game now and I didn't exactly play great. It could be the best for everybody to get at-bats and be ready to contribute next time."

Belt struggled since singling in his debut and homering in his second game, hitting .192/.300/.269 overall, with just the one home run in 17 games and 60 plate appearances.

The 2009 fifth-round pick out of Texas established himself as a top prospect in his first professional season in 2010, hitting .352/.455/.620 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI at three levels in the minors. This spring Belt hit .282/.338/.479 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 71 at-bats making the team with the help of Ross' injured right calf.

Now with Ross back, Aubrey Huff will move to first and Ross will move into right field.

Huff was scheduled to get today's game off, but Pablo Sandoval is out with a minor right triceps strain and Huff will play first with Mark DeRosa moving from first to third to make up for Sandoval's absence. Huff was just sitting the day game after a night game, a common move for veteran players.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed. 

Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:11 pm

Rockies put Jimenez on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ubaldo JimenezThe Rockies have put Ubaldo Jimenez on the disabled list, retroactive to April 2 with a right thumb cuticle cut.

The Rockies have called up Greg Reynolds, who will start on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Reynolds, who was the runner-up in the fifth starter race, is guaranteed just one start and the team will evaluate him then.

Jorge De La Rosa will be moved up in the rotation to take Jimenez's start on Friday in Pittsburgh, the Denver Post's Troy Renck tweets.

Jimenez could be back as soon as April 17, when he is eligible to return. He's better, Renck writes, but the team doesn't want to take any chances with Jimenez.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed. 

Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: April 6, 2011 5:10 pm

Pepper: Royal excitement


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Are the Royals baseball's most exciting team?

Well, through five games they are, that's for sure. All four of the Royals' victories this season have come in their final at-bat. Tuesday's walk-off winner was Melky Cabrera's 12th-inning RBI single for a 7-6 victory over the White Sox.

In the team's lone loss, on opening day, the Royals' Alex Gordon was just feet short of a walk-off homer in a 4-2 loss to the Angels last Thursday.

"All of a sudden, you just expect us to win and that's it," Royals infielder Chris Getz told MLB.com . "There are plenty of doubters out there, no one's giving us much of a chance, but what do we have to lose? We've got that good feeling and we'll just ride it out."

The Royals have had a different hero each night. In their first win, Kila Ka'aihue led off the ninth inning with a homer to break a tie, the next day the Royals scored two in the eighth inning, capped by Getz's RBI single. The Royals then used a three-run walk-off homer by Matt Treanor (above) in the 13th to beat the Angels in the series finale.

With four victories in their final at-bat, the Royals may not be the best team in 2011, but they're worth sticking around to watch.

Last season the Braves lead the big leagues with 25 victories in their final at-bat.

SEARCHING FOR A WIN -- Another day, another Red Sox loss. Will the Red Sox go winless this season and will the Reds go undefeated? Eye on Baseball's Matt Snyder joins blog favorite Lauren Shehadi with the answers (which, well, are both 'no.')

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS -- Ubaldo Jimenez's thumb is better -- but may not be good enough to allow him to make his start Friday in Pittsburgh. The Rockies' right-hander is expected to throw a bullpen today to test the cuticle injury on his right thumb. If Jimenez can't start, Jorge De La Rosa would start in his spot. De La Rosa will be on regular rest following Sunday's snow-out. [MLB.com ]

SHIFT BE A-GONE -- Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said putting three men on the right side of the infield has never been an effective strategy against him. Last season he had more singles to left field than right. The Indians, though, had good luck with the shift on Tuesday. The Indians used the shift and Gonzalez was 0 for 4 with two groundouts to the right side. [WEEI.com ]

COSTLY ERROR -- Jayson Werth's error was one of several events that led to the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday. [CSNWashington.com ]

A TRADITION LIKE NO OTHER -- I absolutely love the baseball tradition of giving a guy the silent treatment after his first homer in the big leagues. Tuesday's victim was the Angels' Hank Conger. [Press-Enterprise ]

WELCOME HOME -- Padres starter Aaron Harang looked like his old self in a victory over the Giants on Tuesday. In his first season with his hometown Padres, Harang certainly looked comfortable at Petco Park. [San Diego Union-Tribune ]

CALLED SHOT -- Toronto's Yunel Escobar told teammates Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Encarnacion the team would come back to win, even though they were down 5-0 in the middle of Tuesday's game against the A's. After a four-run sixth inning to tie the game, Escobar delivered on his promise with a two-run homer in the 10th to give Toronto the win. [MLB.com ]

NO MINORS FOR LEAKE -- Reds manager Dusty Baker said sending starter Mike Leake was never an option, even though it appeared that Leake made the team out of spring only because of the injuries to Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey. Baker said Leake was overthrowing in the spring and looked like the guy who started the season 6-1 with a 3.53 ERA in Tuesday's win over the Astros. Leake, the Reds' first-round pick in 2009 made the big league rotation out of spring training last season, bypassing the minors altogether.  [Cincinnati Enquirer ]

BELT MAY BE DEMOTED -- When Cody Ross returns to the Giants' lineup, rookie first baseman Brandon Belt could be the odd man out in San Francisco. The Giants say they will base their decision on Belt's play, but sending Belt down would keep the status quo. With Ross back in right field, Aubrey Huff could move back to first. Or if the team decides to keep Belt, Huff would move to left and would make Pat Burrell a bench player. Also, putting Belt in the minors for more than 20 days would keep him from accruing a full year of service time and delay his free agency a year. [FOXSports.com ]

NO FEUD -- Former Met Pedro Feliciano said he was going to strike out Ike Davis when the Yankees face the Mets next month. Davis was uninterested in escalating the "feud."

Davis said it was Feliciano's job to strike him out, and well, last season he struck out 138 times, so "it's not that tough of a feat." [New York Post ]

BANDWAGON ROOM -- Attendance at Yankee Stadium through the first four games of the season is down about 8,000 fans per game. [ESPNNewYork.com ]

YANKS AREN'T ALONE -- As we mentioned the other day, it's not just Yankee Stadium that has its share of empty seats -- Wrigley Field has plenty of seats available, even for the seagulls. [Chicago Sun-Times ]

ON THE OTHER HAND -- Blue Jays fans are excited for their team in Toronto. [Slam! Sports ]

SUNSHINE BALL -- Is there any hope for baseball in Florida past March? [MASNSports.com ]

ROLAIDS ALERT -- The folks over at Big League Stew take a look at the top 10 new concessions at MLB parks this season. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb  on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.  


Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 8:07 am

Rockies making huge splash

Troy Tulowitzki
The Rockies have seldom been major players in the free-agent market, but they definitely have a track record for taking care of their own. And Monday night, word broke that they are on the brink of making a couple of major commitments.

The big one is essentially a lifetime deal for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He's already wrapped up through 2014, but the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are set to give him a seven-year extension worth $134 million that would take him through the 2020 season, when he'll be 36. It's an extraordinary move to commit guaranteed money to a player 10 years in advance, but the Rockies are gambling he'll be a perennial All-Star and in the end the deal will prove to be a bargain.

Tulowitzki was nothing short of phenomenal in 2010, leading all MLB shortstops in average (.315), on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.568) and home runs (27). He missed more than a month after his wrist was broken by a pitch, or he might have put up some record-breaking numbers. He hit an insane 15 September home runs with 40 RBI. And by the way, he's also considered by many the best defensive shortstop in the game.

Hall of Famer Tracy Ringolsby of insidetherockies.com says that in addition to the existing contract, Tulo's new deal activates his 2014 club option at $14 million and adds $119 million for six additional years.

It will go down as a footnote now, but the Rockies also are poised to re-sign left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, which just a week ago seemed extremely unlikely. Troy Renck of the Post says it's unclear whether it will be a two- or three-year deal (things were thought to have broken down with De La Rosa's insistence on a four-year deal, but apparently the market was softer than he thought), which in the latter case would be worth about $30 million.

Big, big night for the Rockies.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:30 pm

De la Rosa may sign quickly

de la Rosa Jorge de la Rosa may be ready to find a new home instead of waiting out the Cliff Lee sweepstakes.

FOX Sports ' Ken Rosenthal reports that both the Rockies and Nationals have submitted bids for the lefty. One or two other teams are expected to do so by the close of Tuesday. Those teams are unknown, but the Pirates and Orioles are among the known suitors.

De la Rosa, who once was part of the Curt Schilling trade to Boston, posted a 4.22 ERA in 20 starts for Colorado before becoming a free agent. The Rockies have refused to go longer than three years, citing concerns about de la Rosa's commitment to conditioning.

-- Evan Brunell

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 3:57 pm

Rockies, De La Rosa look done

Jorge De La Rosa
When Jorge De La Rosa hit the free-agent market, the Rockies were hopeful they would be able to keep him, but it looks like that ship has sailed, according to the Denver Post.

De La Rosa wants four years, which the Rockies are not willing to do, but some of the left-hander's other suitors are apparently ready to make that commitment. The Rangers, Nationals, Pirates, Orioles and Yankees are believed to be in the bidding for the 29-year-old, who is the best in a thin market (behind Cliff Lee, obviously) for lefty pitching.

The Rockies have offered De La Rosa arbitration, which he will not accept, assuring that the Colorado will get two high draft picks if/when he signs elsewhere.

The Post reports that the Rockies have a target in mind to replace De La Rosa, who went 8-7 with a 4.22 ERA last season, in the rotation: free agent Jon Garland. Garland is looking for a multi-year deal after winning 14 games for the Padres last season.

"We have some interest in Jon," general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "He's in that grouping of guys that we've certainly talked about. He's one of the guys who could certainly take care of what our needs are."

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com