With apologies to the pair of aces leading St. Louis, the three pitchers in the National League that are drawing the most attention today are Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum and now, Ubaldo Jimenez. It's been set up so the three pitch on subsequent days, Halladay led the Phillies to a 2-0 shutout yesterday and is now 4-0 on the season, Jimenez led the Rockies to a 2-0 shutout today and is now 4-0 on the season, Lincecum pitches tomorrow and will lead the Giants into an old VW bus with flowers hand painted on the panels... oh wait, sorry it's gameday.., whatever Lincecum does, it's probably at least a decent guess that he'll also wind up being 4-0 on the season thus far.
The main point being that we might be in the nascent stages of a real W chase, one that some writers have already recognized may be possible with Halladay, but nobody's quite realized may extend beyond him to Jimenez, perhaps Lincecum, and I'd probably include Adam Wainwright from the Cardinals pair, as there seems a decent likelihood already that the NL will have multiple 20 game winners for the first time since 2005, and that there's a chance that somebody will hit 25. That one of those could be a Rockies pitcher is amazing to me.
If you figure that Jimenez can stay healthy and has another 30 starts ahead of him in the remaining 146 the Rockies have, 16 more wins doesn't seem that much of a stretch, particularly given how solid he's been thus far. Anyway, something to file away and think about on a rainy day.
8 - 8
Miguel Olivo hit a solo home-run in the second inning off of Livan Hernandez, Ian Stewart added another one in the sixth. That provided all the necessary scoring, Ubaldo, Joe Beimel and Franklin Morales provided the pitching to keep the Nationals off the board.
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