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Rubby De La Rosa vs. Gio Gonzalez

Jul 31, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (12) reacts after Houston Astros shortstop

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(not pictured) hit a home run in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The inconsistency for De La Rosa continues as he gave up four earned runs against the Astros after pitching eight shutout innings in his prior start against Milwaukee. De La Rosa now stands with a record of 8-5 with an ERA of 4.59. De La Rosa has shown signs that he can be a very dominant pitcher, with a 95+ mph fastball and a good slider. But sometimes De La Rosa can lose focus and not follow the gameplan and that’s what gets him into trouble. That cannot happen against a lineup like this one.

Jul 31, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzalez has pitched well lately, only giving up four earned runs in his last three starts. He only lasted 4 2/3 innings in his last start as he needed to throw over 100 pitches in that game and wasn’t able to get out of the fifth inning. Gonzalez’s record stands at 8-4 with a 3.75 ERA. The once former ace of the Oakland Athletics has found himself as the number four starter this season behind Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg (when healthy) and Jordan Zimmerman.