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Rubby De La Rosa & The First 50

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Rubby De La Rosa's first 50 (and 2/3) big league innings compares quite favorably to those of Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley
Rubby De La Rosa's first 50 (and 2/3) big league innings compares quite favorably to those of Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley

The Dodgers welcome the Rockies into town, trying to reminisce on how awesome 2009 was and how long ago it now seems. For the third time since Jorge last pitched, on May 24, the Rockies get to play in a game with a De La Rosa on the mound. Rubby starts for the Dodgers, looking for some run support, and his first win since June 12...against the Rockies.

Rubby to date has pitched 50 2/3 innings in the big leagues, and he has done pretty well. Here's how he stacks up against Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw in their first 50 2/3 innings in the majors:

First 50 2/3 MLB Innings
Pitcher Year Age H R ER HR BB UIBB K ERA ERA+ FIP WHIP BA/OBP/SLG OPS OPS+
Billingsley 2006 21-22 50 26 22 6 38 36 28 3.91 116 5.93 1.737 .269/.398/.409 .807 108
Kershaw 2008 20 54 24 24 4 29 27 41 4.26 98 4.23 1.638 .280/.372/.389 .761 103
De La Rosa 2011 22 46 22 21 4 23 20 49 3.73 97 3.43 1.362 .247/.330/.376 .706 101

 

Lineups

Eugenio Velez will play his second game in the field as a Dodger tonight, and his first since July 6. He started in left field that night against the Mets, and tonight Velez is at second base. He has appeared in three other games as a pinch hitter, and once as a pinch runner. Velez is hitless in seven at-bats this season.

Rockies   Dodgers
CF Fowler SS Furcal
2B Ellis 3B Miles
1B Helton RF Ethier
SS Tulowitzki CF Kemp
RF Smith LF Rivera
LF Wigginton 1B Loney
3B Stewart C Navarro
C Iannetta 2B Velez
P Nicasio P De La Rosa

Game Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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