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Gameday Thread, #152: 9/22 vs. Rockies


Ubaldo Jimenez
RHP, 19-6, 2.84


Rodrigo Lopez
LHP, 6-14, 4.98

Tankapalooza 2010 standings

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB
1 Pirates 52 98 .347 -
57 93

.380 5

60 91 .397 7.5

4 Orioles 61


.404 8.5

5 Indians 62 89 .411 9.5


Royals 62 88 .413 10.5

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

Looks like we have probably seen the last of Justin Upton this season, with the word being that his left-shoulder issues are likely going to be treated gingerly. Makes sense, absolutely no point in risking anything, in what is a completely meaningless game. Well, for us, anyway. They will be desperate to win this one, with Jimenez on the mound. In some ways, this is a horrific mismatch: after all, we've seen Ubaldo five times this year already, and he has a 1.64 ERA against us. Contrast Lopez, who in three starts against Colorado, is 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA.

And yet... Of late, Lopez hasn't been bad. He has delivered three consecutive quality starts, allowing six earned runs over 19.1 innings, a better ERA than Jimenez has managed over the same time. Still, the struggles of the offense recently - we still have just one free tacos performance in September - make tonight a tall order, and I can't say I am too optimistic. I'm on a new shift at work, which means I work evenings, so won't be about too much, but I'll be taking my lunch-break around first pitch or so...