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Gameday Thread, #124: 8/21 vs. Rockies


Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP, 17-3, 2.59


Barry Enright
RHP, 3-2, 2.91

Tankapalooza 2010

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 40 82 .328 -
2 Orioles 43 80
.350 2.5
3 D-backs 48 75 .390 7.5
4 Mariners 49 73 .402 9
5 Cubs 50 73 .407 9.5
6 Indians 50 72 .410 10
  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Justin Upton RF
  3. Kelly Johnson 2B
  4. Chris Young CF
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Mark Reynolds 3B
  7. Miguel Montero C
  8. Gerardo Parra LF
  9. Barry Enright RHP

After dueling La Strasburg to a virtual draw last time out, Enright now gets to go up against the man currently on pace for a 23-4 season. In the four starts against the Diamondbacks over the past year, Jimenez is 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA, and 25 strikeouts in 28 innings. You have fun with that, Bazza. If there's hope it's that Ubaldo - like the Rockies in general - has been distinctly mortal on the road of late. His last win away from Coors was back in June, and over the previous four road starts, his ERA has been 6.64. Still, they are 19-5 in games where he starts - and 43-54 when he doesn't. Basically, Colorado are a 90-loss team, plus Jimenez.

Enright will be trying to stretch his run of appearances allowing three runs or less to ten, which would be the most at the start of a career by an NL pitcher since Josh Johnson went 13 straight for the Marlins in late 2005 and early 2006. The sabermetricians keep telling me the wheels will fall off, and he'll turn into the 4.93 pumpkin xFIP projects, and the part of my fandom which has been battered around by the team this year believes that. But there's another part, which rejoices in each solid Enright start, and if he can beat - or duel to a virtual draw - Jimenez, there would be much satisfaction to be had.