Colorado Rockies: The Five Worst Players of the 2016 Season
No. 4: Jorge De La Rosa
De La Rosa seemed to hit the wall in 2016. He did start 27 games, but he was effectively shown the door towards the end of September and his Rockies career is all but over.
This season he went 8-9 with a 5.51 ERA, well above his career ERA of 4.64. What was worse was his team-high 23 HRs allowed, 82 earned runs allowed (third-worst on the team), 63 walks (second-highest) against just 108 strikeouts (second-worst among the starters) and a WHIP of 1.64 (worst mark among the starters).
Overall, he has had a great Rockies career. He has 86 wins for the franchise (team record), 1,181 strikeouts (also a team record) and a 53-20 record at Coors Field.
His final start of the season on September 20 against the Cardinals was typical of his year – 4 ⅔ innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits. He also walked three and hit two batters.
The best pitch he had all year was the split-finger changeup, but his fastball and the rest of his command labored, leading to a lot of hits and short outings.
I commend De La Rosa for a terrific Rockies career. His success at home was extraordinary. He was a great servant of the club. But this year was proof his time is up and he was an easy choice for this list.
Next: No. 3: Jason Motte