Apr 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (29) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. . Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Jorge De La Rosa Looking To Bounce Back Tonight Against The San Diego Padres

The start of the 2014 season has been an interesting and discouraging one for Rockies fans regarding ace pitcher Jorge De La Rosa. Just a season removed from tying a career-high in wins with 16, the lefty has faltered in his first three starts. Last season, De La Rosa would go 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA, striking out 112 batters in 167.2 innings pitched. The start of this season has been a disaster with his command being very shaky. Tonight, he looks to bounce back against the San Diego Padres in-game three of a four-game set.

As of right now, I’m not worried about the lefty who won 16 games last season as I believe he will get his command back on track. He has struggled with pitch count, especially on 4/5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks with 101 pitches in just 4 1/3 of an inning. De La Rosa has yet to make it out of the fifth inning, throwing just 4.1 innings pitched in all three of his starts. He is currently 0-2 with an inflated ERA of 9.69.

3/31: @ Miami: 4.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO.
4/5: vs. Arizona: 4.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO.
4/11: @ San Francisco: 4.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 SO.

As you can tell from the stat lines above, De La Rosa hasn’t had a problem striking people out with 16 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. The problem is getting behind in the count and allowing the big hit such as a home run. He has given up a home run in all three games he has started this season. In his last outing against the Giants on 4/11, he was cruising early on but hit a bump in the road while giving up a grand slam to Madison Bumgarner.

Tonight he looks to get back on track to his 2013 self against a team in the San Diego Padres who rank 27th in the league in runs (40), 25th in batting average (.231), 29th in on-base percentage (.283), and 27th in slugging percentage (.349). First-pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM ET, 8:10 PM MT as he will go up against Padres ace Andrew Cashner.

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