Red Sox take stock of Rubby De La Rosa's dominant start

May 31, 2014 - 8:10 pm
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A few quotes from the Red Sox regarding the dominant outing by Red Sox starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, who fired seven shutout innings in which he struck out eight, walked none and elicited 11 groundball outs while getting swings and misses on his fastball (which touched 98 mph), changeup and slider: Rubby De La Rosa I feel good. I wasn't walking (guys), everything I worked on in the bullpen I did in the game. I attacked the hitters with my pitch. [On working down in the zone] It's important to keep pitches down as much as possible. I've been working all year on that. [On the changeup] I felt great with my changeup. It's been good, but tonight it was my best pitch. [On this year vs. 2013, his first full season back from Tommy John surgery] It feels good. I feel like, OK, I've come back. I feel strong. I feel great. John Farrell He was outstanding. The biggest difference from a year ago to what we saw tonight was just an outstanding changeup. A number of swing and miss. Very good fastball. A lot of strikes. But the changeup was really the separator for him tonight. [On the decision to call up De La Rosa over Allen Webster] "It was not a clear-cut decision because Allen Webster has been throwing the ball well himself, but to have guys that have already gotten their major-league debut out of the way and some feel for what this level is about, it speaks to our depth, not only major-league depth but now ready depth to step in and on a night like tonight what Rubby did was much-needed from our standpoint." A.J. Pierzynski He was great. Obviously, you guys saw the results, but you're talking about a guy who can throw 98, 99, and throw the changeup he was throwing along with the slider, it's going to be fun. And he was throwing it over the plate. He threw three pitches for strikes at any time. And the way his ball moves and the way he's able to do that, heck, he could be real successful if he can throw it over the plate like that every time. I know I've heard whispers about how good this kid can be and I saw little glimpses of it in spring training. But to actually see him do it on this stage, in this situation, especially after last night and all that went down, was impressive, and hopefully he learns from it, gains confidence and builds on it. [On whether his stuff or control was most impressive] Everything. It was definitely his control, though. Every pitch he threw and everything he was able to do, he looked like a big league pitcher out there who'd been here for 10 years. Obviously his velocity is the first thing you notice, but then the movement is right there and then the ability to throw more than one pitch for a strike is what kind of put him over the top tonight.

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