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Proof You Can Pitch at Coors Field

July 24th, 2014 at 12:36 PM
By Joe Lemere

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If Jorge De La Rosa has done anything during his time in a Colorado Rockies uniform it's prove that you can indeed pitch at Coors Field. Since its first season in 1995, everyone has said it to be just about impossible to pitch in the thin air. Even after the debut of the humidor, the cavernous outfield makes it blisteringly difficult to be successful pitching in Denver. Jorge is the most successful pitcher in the history of Coors Field, and his 11 strikeout performance Wednesday just goes to further prove that with the right stuff, a Rockies pitcher can rack up the wins at home.

De La Rosa has never had a losing season and is 42-14 in his career at Coors, the highest winning percentage in Rockies history. He's posted an ERA of just about four, a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.41 and a WHIP under 1.4. And in the past two seasons at home, Jorge has been downright dominant — a 17-3 record, 2.97 ERA, 6.49 K/9, and a WHIP of 1.304.

Those in the baseball media that say it's impossible to pitch well at Coors Field hasn't done their homework. The reason Colorado Rockies pitchers have failed so often is because they haven't been very good. Simple, but accurate. The poor pitching performances throughout the years isn't a failure of location or stadium design, it's a failure of the front office that drafts, signs and trades for the pitchers that can't pitch at Coors. Kudos on picking up Jorge De La Rosa, though.

After his latest start, it becomes obvious to even this front office to trade DLR. His value will never be higher than it is right now, and the return should prove quite fruitful. His latest performance could, however, prove his worth to the organization. If that's the case, re-sign Jorge this offseason to have him lead a young and inexperienced starting rotation the next couple of years.

Either way, De La Rosa has shown the entire baseball world that you can thrive at altitude, and hopefully, that will trickle down to all the young pitchers in the system. They get told once they become Rockies that they are now facing an insurmountable task. 42-14 doesn't sound all that insurmountable, though, does it? Here's to you, Jorge.

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