Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2010 season is, by most measures, the apparent high-water mark for a single marketing campaign by a Colorado beginning pitcher.
However this 12 months, the memorable right-hander has firm on the prime of the Rockies’ file e book, as each Kyle Freeland and German Marquez are delivering seasons that rival Jimenez’s banner 12 months — albeit in numerous methods.
The left-handed Freeland, who has 4 foreseeable begins remaining, is difficult Jimenez’s club-best marks in ERA (2.91 in comparison with Jimenez’s 2.88) and bWAR (7.2 to 7.5).
And Marquez, three foreseeable begins left, is threatening to interrupt Jimenez’s information in whole strikeouts (195 to 214) and WHIP (1.23 to 1.16). Plus, he’s already a near-lock to interrupt the membership file for strikeouts per 9 at 10.24, simply besting Jon Grey’s mark of 9.91 from two seasons in the past and Jimenez’s 8.69 price in 2010.
In fact, neither Freeland nor Marquez goes to prime Jimenez’s 19 wins, 4 full video games (no Rockies starter has one this season), two shutouts or the glory of being the starter within the all-star recreation.
However as Freeland emphasised, persistently placing the workforce in place to win is crucial, particularly because the Rockies battle the Dodgers and Diamondbacks for his or her first Nationwide League West title and others within the rotation — specifically Tyler Anderson and Antonio Senzatela — have scuffled within the second half.
“Ubaldo had a ton of consistency, and it appeared like each time he went out, the workforce had a extremely good probability of profitable,” Freeland mentioned. “You get that feeling now, too, when myself or German or any of the opposite pitchers are rolling good. The workforce feels good taking part in behind them. They’re trying to struggle for his or her man.”
Over Freeland and Marquez’s final 26 mixed begins since June 30 — additionally proper across the time the Rockies started to show the nook collectively — the workforce is 22-4.
“What these two fellas are doing, and what they do of their subsequent three or 4 begins, will go down in historical past as nice seasons proper there together with Ubaldo,” mentioned Colorado skipper Bud Black, who noticed Jimenez from the opposite aspect because the Padres’ supervisor. “They’ve pitched excellent.”
The statistical comparisons to Jimenez are particularly cool for Marquez, who’s projected to completed with 216 Ok’s, one higher than Jimenez’s tally. The 23-year-old right-hander grew up watching the Rockies in Venezuela, and remembers being impressed by Jimenez’s overwhelming stuff.
“He’s snug (beneath stress), he’s bought an enormous two-seamer and he was an influence pitcher,” Marquez mentioned. “He had a ton of fine years right here, and made the workforce enjoyable to observe.”
So, too, does the 2018 rotation’s main duo.
And whereas there’s nonetheless enterprise left to complete all through September, as Colorado pitching coordinator Darryl Scott notes, Freeland and Marquez already deserve inclusion into the dialog with Jimenez.
“That Ubaldo 12 months was fairly particular,” mentioned Scott, who labored with nearly all of Colorado’s present workers within the minor leagues. “However the 12 months that Marquez and Freeland are having is fairly particular, too.”
Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (11-5, 3.01 ERA) at Rockies RHP Jon Grey (11-7, 4.69), 6:40 p.m. Wednesday; ATTRM, 850 AM
Missing good really feel for his fastball and slider, Grey allowed two runs on 4 hits throughout 4 innings Friday within the Rockies’ 4-2 loss to the Dodgers. Grey got here away with a no-decision, putting out 4 whereas issuing a career-high tying 5 walks. He’ll should be higher vs. Arizona. The best-hander is 4-Zero with a 3.17 ERA over 10 begins since coming back from a stint at Triple-A, and Colorado is 8-2 over these begins. Grey has struggled vs. the Diamondbacks, particularly at Coors Area, the place he’s 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three profession begins. David Peralta has scorched Grey, batting 8-for-16, with a triple. Paul Goldschmidt has struggled vs. Grey, going 0-for-12 with 5 strikeouts in the course of the common season, though Goldschmidt blasted a curveball for a house run within the first inning of final 12 months’s wild-card playoff recreation. Rockies supervisor Bud Black mentioned that Corbin has the very best slider within the majors. Little surprise that Corbin has a minimum of seven punchouts in 9 consecutive begins. The left-hander is coming off a powerful outing towards Atlanta, pitching six innings and permitting one earned run, 4 hits and one stroll whereas putting out 9. DJ LeMahieu has battered Corbin, batting .372 (16-for-43) with 4 house runs and three triples.
Thursday: Diamondbacks RHP Clay Buchholz (7-2, 2.01 ERA) at Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (14-7, 2.91), 1:10 p.m., ATTRM
Friday: Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (6-8, 4.89) at Giants RHP Chris Stratton (9-9, 4.99), 8:15 p.m., ATTRM
Saturday: Rockies RHP German Marquez (12-9, 3.94) at Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-6, 3.30), 7:05 p.m, ATTRM
— Patrick Saunders, The Denver Publish