Ubaldo Jimenez gets 18th win after a month between victories

Leave a comment

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.

Michael Wacha leaves game with a left oblique strain

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha suffered a strained left oblique muscle during his start this afternoon against the Phillies, causing him to leave in the fourth inning.

Wacha is 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 71/36 K/BB ratio in 84.1 innings across 15 starts this season with St. Louis. To the extent he has to miss some time — and obliques invariably send starters to the disabled list — potential fill-in candidates include John Gant, Daniel Poncedeleon and Dakota Hudson.