Rockies exercise $11 million option on Jorge De La Rosa

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Coming into this season it seemed awfully unlikely that the Rockies would want Jorge De La Rosa around next year at the price of $11 million, but he was excellent in his first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery and today Colorado exercised its option to keep him.

De La Rosa was limited to just 11 totally ineffective innings late last season, but bounced back to start 30 games with a 3.49 ERA while allowing just 11 homers in 168 innings despite calling Coors Field home.

At age 33 the Rockies might hesitate to commit long term to De La Rosa at $11 million per season, but on a one-year commitment that’s certainly a fair price for a front-line starter and odds are he’d draw some trade interest if they decided to shop the contract around this offseason.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: