Jul 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (29) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Cy Young: Jorge De La Rosa
Cy Young goes to the best pitcher on a given team. As for the Rockies, Jorge De La Rosa gets the crown yet again. You could go either way with he or Chad Bettis who burst onto the scene in 2015, but Jorge was consistent yet again for a woeful team.
De La Rosa made 26 starts for the Colorado Rockies this past season, inheriting a record of 9-7 with an ERA of 4.17. The motto for De La Rosa over his career has been pretty simple; start slow and finish strong. For the month of April, De La Rosa made two starts, giving up nine runs over seven innings; that’s a 11.57 ERA for you.
After posting ERA’s of 4.79 and 3.16 in the months of May and June respectively, De La Rosa hit a speed bump in the month of July. The veteran made five starts that month, going 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA. De La Rosa logged 26.2 innings, giving up 18 runs during that span. The weird part is that opponents hit just .245 off him, opposed to his month of April which was .382.
De La Rosa finally looked like himself in the month of August and September. The native of Monterrey, Mexico finished with ERA’s of 2.87 and 2.70 respectively, collecting an even record of 3-3. De La Rosa struck out 46 batters over 57.2 innings pitched, yielding just 18 runs. Jorge saw his ERA drop from 4.87 to 4.17 in a matter of two months.
De La Rosa takes home the trophy as Colorado’s Cy Young.
Other Candidates: Chad Bettis
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