On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox called up phenom Mookie Betts from AAA Pawtucket. This was a smart move by the organization, but the corresponding move was not. In response, the club optioned flamethrower Rubby De La Rosa down to AAA Pawtucket.Out of anyone Boston could have given the boot, they could not have picked a worse player at a worse time.
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De La Rosa, 25, pitched well in five starts this year totaling 32 1/3 boasting a 2.51 ERA while striking out 30 batters and walking just eight. Of those five starts, three of them were great. The other two were not terrible, but just were not as good. The Dominican pitcher had a pair of outings where he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work which are the two he struggled in. Despite struggling a bit, he managed to fan twelve batters in total during those 11 1/3 innings of work. In the other three outings, De La Rosa shined. Letting up just one run in 21 innings of work on nine hits while fanning 18, De La Rosa showed Red Sox nation that he was here to stay and that he was a legitimate option as a big league starter.
Right now, Mookie Betts makes a nice addition to the Red Sox outfield and did not really need to be called up.The fourth place club could have easily picked someone else other than Rubby De La Rosa to give the boot. Pitching is a weak part of the Red Sox team, so it is odd to see them send down arguably their best pitcher. Even if they went ahead and sent down Brandon Workman, who is pitching well this year, that would have been understandable, but this move is baffling.
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The front office made a bad move on Saturday by sending down the hottest performing pitcher on the roster when there were plenty of other guys deserving of the boot. Not to name any names, but Rubby De La Rosa was probably the least deserving out of anyone to get sent down to the Minor Leagues. Now, if Boston wants to call Rubby De La Rosa back up to the big leagues, they cannot do so for ten days after the roster move was made.
Definitely not a smart move by Boston.