Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rock Solid Recap: I Like Ubaldo Jimenez

Because he's adding years to my life and keeping my hair from graying in my late 20s.

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 3

Don't be fooled by the three... that came AJ (After Jimenez).

Winning Player: Ubaldo Jimenez

There was a challenge tonight from Seth Smith (two home runs), but duh, that's not enough to wrestle WP away from The Chief.

He was fantastic, as usual, but also allow me to say this about Arizona: They swung the bats very well tonight. Seriously. They squared up more pitches than anyone has in a single game against U.

And you know what that amounted to?

0 runs, 4 singles, 2 doubles in 8 innings.

Lineup Card: Rockies vs. D-Backs

Tonight would be the perfect night.

The perfect night for the Rockies offense to start taking advantage of below average pitchers, because that's exactly what Rodrigo Lopez is at this point in his career.

Also, it's easy to assume 3-4 runs will be enough for Jimenez to cruise to victory.  More times than not that will be more than enough, but I don't want the offense to come in relaxed feeling like their work is easy.  I want them to come out and do to Lopez what they did to Edwin Jackson last time Ubaldo Jimenez faced Arizona.

Support the hell out of him.  Make his life easy.  Make Jim Tracy's life easy.  Make my night be Stress Free!

Also, Ubaldo... stay hydrated, my friend!

Rockies Lineup (23-22)

  • CF Gonzalez
  • LF Smith
  • 1B Helton
  • SS Tulowitzki
  • RF Hawpe
  • C  Olivo
  • 3B Stewart
  • 2B Barmes
  • P   Jimenez
Diamondbacks Lineup (20-26)
  • 2B Johnson
  • RF Parra
  • LF Jackson
  • SS Drew
  • 1B LaRoche
  • 3B Reynolds
  • CF Young
  • C   Snyder
  • P   Lopez
Day off for Upton.  I don't care how much he may struggle against Ubaldo, I'm glad he's not in there.  He'll be a key weapon in the late innings of a close game, though.  

Caught In The Act: Bob Apodaca Coaching

Believe it or not, Bob Apodaca actually serves a purpose other than being the guy who makes phone calls in the dugouts and/or slowly walks to the mound when the Rockies are trying to kill time.

Here he is working with Jeff Francis before last night's game against Arizona.  Looks like Bob is helping Jeff rediscover his pick-off move.

Hey, wait a minute.

Didn't Jeff Francis pick two runners off in his last start?

Who's really coaching who here?

Photos courtesy MLB Network's Ballpark Cam.