| News |

Rockies ace: Jorge De La Rosa?

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Most Rockies fans see Ubaldo Jiminez as the blossoming star of the squad's pitching staff. But Jiminez got absolutely shelled Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants, making last night's series-ender against the SF crew the sort of must-win no one wanted to call a must-win -- but it was a must-win anyhow. And while the Rockies' bats finally woke up to some degree (they went from comatose to woozy but ambulatory), the real reason they recorded a 4-3 victory was Jorge De La Rosa, who gave up just three hits in eight innings. Too bad he couldn't have gone the whole way, since substitute closer Franklin Morales and fellow hurler Rafael Betancourt came so close to blowing what should have been a comfortable lead that fans are probably lined up outside heart clinics at this very moment.

De La Rosa's 4.17 ERA is hardly spectacular, but he's quietly put together a fifteen-win season -- and the Rockies will need him to add to that number. Before that, though, they need to build up their lead over the Giants again as they head down the stretch. True, the margin's back to three-and-a-half games thanks to De La Rosa -- but their season ends with three games against the Dodgers in L.A., where the Rockies win about as often as Jay Leno says something funny. And that's no joke.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.