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Gameday Thread, #141: 9/11 vs. Rockies


Rodrigo Lopez
RHP, 5-13, 5.21


Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP, 18-6, 2.79

Tankapalooza 2010 standings

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 47 93 .336 -
2 Orioles 54 87 .383 6.5
3 Mariners 55 86 .390 7.5
4 D-backs 57 84 .404 9.5
5 Royals 57 83 .407 10
6 Indians 58 83 .412 10.5

There's a lot of similarities between tonight's starters for Colorado and Arizona. They're both pitchers, for one thing. And both were born somewhere south of Tucson. And they both have last names ending in -ez. No wonder there's so much confusion between them. I bet you we could probably swap them, stuff Jimenez into a burlap bag, sneak him back to Arizona and no-one would ever notice.

Okay, who am I trying to kid. Lopez is in the bottom ten for K-rate among qualifying NL starters; Jimenez, the top ten. Lopez has the second-highest HR/FB percentage; Jimenez, the fourth-lowest. Lopez owns the #2 OPS against this season; Jimenez is #45 of 49. And if there's one place you do not want major-league home-run leader, Rodrigo Lopez, to be pitching, it's a mile high in Coors, throwing a box or two of Rawlings' finest high-altitude models to the Rockies. I can her Carlos Gonzalez drooling from here.

Yeah, another day, another contest I'm kinda glad I don't have to write about [Games until the blessed end of the season: 21] It's a Wailord recap, so I expect it will be an "interesting" game - it's just that in this case, I would not be surprised if it turns out to be "interesting" in the same way this game was. With us playing the part of Baltimore. Pessimistic? Or realistic? I guess we'll see...

  1. Stephen Drew SS
  2. Tony Abreu 3B
  3. Kelly Johnson 2B
  4. Chris Young CF
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Miguel Montero C
  7. Brandon Allen LF
  8. Gerardo Parra RF
  9. Rodrigo Lopez RHP

No Justin Upton, though it appears he hit off a tee yesterday and was scheduled to take batting practice today. No Mark Reynolds either. At least it's Allen getting a start in LF, so we'll be expecting a grand-slam off him...