Thursday Rockpile: Ubaldo pitcher of the month, Rizzo to avoid the DL

 

Rockies' Jimenez repeats as NL pitcher of the month - The Denver Post - The voters have spoken, a single perfect game just doesn't trump four runs allowed in 46 innings pitched. Besides, if Dallas Braden and Armando Gallaraga err.., never mind, can throw one, how rare is it really? Try throwing a six walk no hitter. That's rare. 

If Jimenez wins a third straight pitcher of the month honor, it would mean rolling through a schedule that includes starts against three of the American League's top five scoring teams, Toronto, Boston and Minnesota, as well as taking on the D-backs' dangerous-when-hot offense in Arizona, so yeah, count me as in favor of that plan. By this point, after Gallaraga got robbed of his perfecto last night, it's clear that there's something up with the scoring league wide. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out, if it's a long term shift or just a blip, but we're in a pitching year, it would seem.

 

So, where is the Rockies pitching help outside Jimenez? Last season, all five starters stepped up at once in June to start the Rockies run that would eventually take them into the playoffs, this season we've got a lot of herky-jerky, stop and go after our ace takes the mound. Jhoulys Chacin looked like the guy for a couple of starts, then fell back. Now it's Jeff Francis' turn, after two solid starts to start his season, he has looked very mortal in the last pair. Luck seems to play a large part for both Chacin and Francis, balls that were finding gloves early for those two have been finding gaps lately. The issue isn't stranding RISP, as Jim Armstrong seems to assert, it's not allowing as many RISP in the first place.

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The first link also lets us know stadium reporter Alanna Rizzo was not seriously injured when an overthrow baseball hit her during BP yesterday. She'll be back with the team this weekend. Carl Pavano would be missing three weeks with this.

 

Ken Griffey Jr. retiring at age 40 - The Denver Post - Griffey Jr. retires with 606 more hits, and just six more doubles than Todd Helton. Passing the Kid in some of these stat categories would aid the Toddfather's HOF case.

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