The Rockies aren’t willing to go long on Jorge De La Rosa

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies have drawn a line in the sand and that they will not give free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa anything longer than a three-year deal. If he’s not interested, they’d prefer to go with Carl Pavano or Javier Vazquez to take his place.

Deep thought: if the team that knows De La Rosa better than anyone is preemptively announcing that they won’t go too far out on a limb with him, perhaps you should be concerned if your team will.

My view is that for as much as he’s been called the next-best starter on the market after Cliff Lee, he’s a risky pick.  He goes deep into counts and has not shown himself to be particularly durable.  I also think that it is wrong to expect him to suddenly improve if taken out Coors Field because his splits don’t suggest that the park hurts him that much.

Not saying he’s a bad pitcher. Just saying that he should not a be guy that a team with pretensions of contention should plan on making the centerpiece of their rotation.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.