Rubby De La Rosa Might Be Odd Man Out of Rotation

Rubby De La RosaWith Felix Doubront set to return at some point during the weekend series against the Oakand Athletics, Rubby De La Rosa might be the starter who will be sent back to Pawtucket.

In four starts since coming up with the Boston Red Sox, the 25-year-old is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA with 14 shutout innings at Fenway Park. He has allowed eight runs in his other 11.1 innings of work on the road because he has had less control of his fastball which helps keep hitters off his change-up and breaking pitches.

Brandon Workman has been more consistent with five starts and a 2.88 ERA. He has allowed just two home runs in 34.1 innings of work compared to three for De La Rosa.

Workman has also been better of late on the road and at home, and has really shown that he can get the job done against almost any opponent.

Doubront has shown great control in the minors through three starts with a 2.63 ERA while walking five and striking out 15 in 13.2 innings of work. Sure, he has yet to win a start, but he has also not lost a start either.

The Red Sox could find a way to keep both De La Rosa and Workman up on the big league squad with Workman definitely earning a spot on the team. The 25-year-old could pitch out of the bullpen in an extended role, just like he did in 2013 in the postseason when Jake Peavy struggled at times.

For De La Rosa, his last start on Monday showed the Red Sox that he is ready to compete in the majors and that if the team needs to turn to him, then he can be relied upon.

It’s all up to whether the Red Sox want to keep him in the rotation or not.

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