Why Rubby De La Rosa Gets the Nod in Starting Rotation

Rubby De La Rosa (AP)With Clay Buchholz missing some time due to a hyper-extended knee, Rubby De La Rosa will get the start on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Depending on how that goes, the 25-year-old could see multiple starts with the Boston Red Sox while Buchholz is on the mend.

De La Rosa may be 2-3 on the season, but the 3.04 ERA through 10 starts has really been phenomenal. Plus, 52 strikeouts in 53.1 innings isn’t too shabby either. The youngster has not started in the majors since August 31, 2011 with the Los Angeles Dodgers after dealing with Tommy John surgery in 2012 and working his way back in 2013. He did come up as a reliever, but Saturday will be his first start with the Red Sox.

Allen Webster and Anthony Ranaudo were both options, but Webster got tagged for six earned runs on Sunday and has not been great in the early going of his starts at the major league level. Ranaudo has no major league experience and is still getting used to the Triple-A atmosphere.

Webster will likely be next in line with a solid 3.17 ERA in 59.2 innings of work. The 43 strikeouts compared to 25 walks is of some concern, but the groundball rate has been solid, but the 1.91 GO/AO for De La Rosa is even better.

Everyone wants Henry Owens to be the guy called up as soon as possible, but he needs at least 10 or more starts at Triple-A before he even gets looked at. So, the Red Sox need to promote him from Double-A Portland to Pawtucket in order for him to be considered by management.

De La Rosa is the guy for the time being.

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