Road struggles continue for De La Rosa in Toronto

Road struggles continue for De La Rosa in Toronto
July 24, 2014, 6:00 pm
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TORONTO -- Something happens when Rubby De La Rosa pitches on the road. And it's not good.
At home this season, De la Rosa has made four starts and is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA. But away from Fenway, De La Rosa is a different pitcher, with an 0-3 mark and an ERA of 6.05.
In four starts, he's been able to complete the sixth inning just once, while at home, he's pitched seven innings in three of his four outings.

What gives?
"I try to have everything the same, home or away,'' said De La Rosa. "[The difference in performance home and away] doesn't make any sense for me.''
Said John Farrell: "As we've seen when he's been at home and been much more effective, he's been much more effective down in the strike zone -- a lot of strikes with his fastball and that makes his changeup that much more effective. That's not been the case [in some other starts].
"There's a stark contrast. Clearly, he feels comfortable on the mound at Fenway and is able to channel the adrenaline and emotion inside of Fenway Park. But yet, in what looks to be a long career ahead of him, we've got to do something to try to even out the splits as they stand.''
"I thought he had a hard time neutralizing their left-handed hitters,'' said Farrell.''
Indeed, Juan Francisco had three hits and four RBI off De La Rosa and Melky Cabrera added three doubles and two RBI while Dioner Navarro had two hits and two walks.
But regardless of home or away, or facing lefties or righties, the big
problem Thursday for De La Rosa was execution.
"Today was more a matter of [failing] to stay ahead in the count and then pitching quality location in the strike zone,'' said Farrell. That was inconsistent.''