Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

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It took a while, but Ubaldo Jimenez finally got his 18th victory last night to set the Rockies’ franchise record.
Jimenez also leads the NL in wins, but lost four straight decisions between his 17th and 18th victories and had just two wins in nine starts since beginning the season 15-1. Of course, as usual looking strictly at wins and losses paints a very misleading picture.
During his 0-4 stretch Jimenez actually turned in five straight Quality Starts and had a 3.00 ERA with a 35/12 K/BB ratio and .236 opponents’ batting average in 36 innings. He lost four times because the Rockies scored zero, one, or two runs in four of the five games, not because he was pitching poorly. In fact, yesterday’s win was actually his worst start since July 24, but because the Rockies scored 10 runs he came away with the win anyway.

Nationals place Anthony Rendon on disabled list

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The Nationals announced that third baseman Anthony Rendon has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with a toe contusion. Pitcher Austin Adams was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

Rendon fouled a pitch off of his foot on April 13 in a game against the Rockies. The Nationals were hoping he wouldn’t need to go on the disabled list, which is why he was day-to-day for a week and a half. Unfortunately, Rendon’s stint on the DL can only be backdated to Thursday, so he won’t be eligible to return until this weekend.

Rendon, 27, is hitting .286/.355/.411 with a home run and four RBI in 62 plate appearances so far this season. Wilmer Difo has been handling third base while Rendon has been out and figures to continue doing so for the next week or so.