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.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.