Rubby De La Rosa may have pitched in relief with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, but he has been groomed as a starter for most of his career. The flamethrower showed exactly what he can do in Saturday night’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 25-year-old threw all four of his pitches for strikes while throwing seven shutout innings against the Rays in his first start since August 31, 2011 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-handed starter struck out eight while only allowing four hits and walking no one. He also didn’t plunk anyone with any of his 105 pitches.
De La Rosa threw strike after strike and finished with 72 of them on the night. While the Rays’ offense hasn’t been much of a factor this season, the Red Sox offense was able to pad a lead off Jake Odorizzi with five runs in the third and fourth innings. This allowed De La Rosa to really settle in as he reached as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.
The best pitch of his arsenal is his fastball, but his changeup makes him a great starter while Clay Buchholz is on the DL. For the time being, De La Rosa will be a must-watch starter in this rotation and his first win with the Red Sox increased the win streak to six games.