More starts for Jorge De La Rosa at Coors Field would make things better for everyone.
In a recent article at Just a Bit Outside, Jeff Sullivan attempted to manipulate the Angels’ 2015 starting rotation to give Jered Weaver as many starts at home as possible to gain an advantage. It’s important for teams to utilize any edge they can get. One power move the Rockies could do in 2015 is pitch Jorge De La Rosa in as many home games as possible. I think this it would be even more beneficial than in the Weaver case due to the rarity of pitchers who are able to thrive, or even survive, at Coors Field.
As our own Matt Gross and Mike Petriello of FanGraphs recently detailed, Jorge is a great pitcher at Coors Field. Those articles are both worth a read, but the quick version of them is this: De La Rosa’s ERA and FIP the last two seasons has been significantly lower at home, his K/BB ratio has been better, and he’s gotten more ground balls. My personal favorite though is the Rockies’ 48-9 record in De La Rosa’s last 57 home starts. 48-9!

To show what kind of a difference boosting De La Rosa home starts could make, I put together a big, fun table. On the left side is what Jorge’s starts would look like if the Rockies have him start on opening day and then every fifth game for the rest of the season (I also have him starting the first game after the All-Star break). On the right side is what things could look like for Jorge if the Rockies scheduled his starts around the schedule to maximize the number of starts he makes at Coors Field. Without further adieu, here is your table.

Opening Day Starter


Optimizing Home starts


Team Game No.
Date
Opponent
Team Game No.
Date
Opponent

1


April 6

at Brewers

4
April 10
Cubs
6
April 12
Cubs
9
April 15
at Giants

11
April 18
at Dodgers

14
April 21
Padres
16
April 23
Padres
19
April 26
Giants
21
April 28
at Diamondbacks

26
May 4
Diamondbacks
26
May 4
Diamondbacks
31
May 10
Dodgers
31
May 10
Dodgers
36
May 16
at Dodgers
36
May 16
at Dodgers
41
May 21
Phillies
41
May 21
Phillies
46
May 26
at Reds

46
May 26
at Reds
51
June 1
Dodgers
51
June 1
Dodgers
56
June 7
Marlins
56
June 7
Marlins
61
June 12
at Marlins
61
June 12
at Marlins
66
June 17
Astros
66
June 17
Astros
71
June 23
Diamondbacks
71
June 23
Diamondbacks
77
June 29
at Athletics

76
June 28
at Giants
82
July 4
at Diamondbacks
81
July 3
at Diamondbacks
87
July 10
Braves
86
July 9
Braves
93
July 20
Rangers
90
July 17
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