Rockies' De La Rosa no 'journeyman'
Was that fair, though? I'm not sure how you define "journeyman," but de la Rosa is 28 years old and he's pitching for his fifth organization. As a major leaguer, he's pitched for three teams and now has a 40-40 record with a 5.13 ERA. Yes, he now seems to have found a home with the Rockies ... But did you have him, in March, winning 15 games this season. Did you have him pitching the best game of his career in perhaps the biggest game of the Rockies' season?
Because he did. Last night's eight innings, three hits, two walks, nine strikeouts and zero runs adds up to an 83 Game Score; in 92 previous starts, de la Rosa had never topped 80 (and had come reasonably close only a few times).
So, yes: Perhaps Jorge de la Rosa should now be described as an ex-journeyman. However, until very recently he could also have been described as the Rockies' No. 4 starter. And Wednesday night in the biggest game of his career, he pitched the best game of his career.
Now that's a story.