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Spring Game 1: Jimenez vs Heilman

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It's here. It's finally here. Baseball. It's not real baseball, per se, but it's baseball nonetheless.


Ubaldo Jimenez

#38 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-4

210

R

R

Jan 22, 1984

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 19-8 33 33 4 2 0 0 221.2 164 73 71 10 92 214 2.88 1.15




Aaron Heilman

#22 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-5

225

R

R

Nov 12, 1978

 

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Aaron Heilman 5-8 70 0 0 0 6 8 72.0 73 37 36 9 26 55 4.50 1.38



 

DISCUSS THE GAME IN THE OVERFLOW

 

The Rockies and Troy Renck were good enough to tweet the Rockies' lineup for today.

CF Dexter Fowler

RF Seth Smith

LF Carlos Gonzalez

SS Troy Tulowitzki

3B Ian Stewart

1B Ty Wigginton

2B Jose Lopez

C Chris Iannetta

P Ubaldo Jimenez

It's a pretty decent look at what could be the Opening Day lineup this year, excepting Todd Helton. Helton could be the candidate for starting in the #5 hole, pushing everyone down a slot. I'm still not a giant fan of Helton in the 5, given a general lack of slugging at this stage of his career. Stewart is obviously who we'd like to see there, so this is a nifty look at the future.

Diamondbacks lineup past the jump

Arizona is throwing the following lineup at the Rockies:

2B Kelly Johnson

RF Gerardo Parra

SS Stephen Drew

CF Chris Young

3B Geoff Blum

LF Wily Mo Pena

1B Juan Miranda

C Henry Blanco

P Aaron Heilman

Maybe this will be the year that Stephen Drew is actually able to hit in a lineup slot other than leadoff. Maybe this will be the season that Aaron Heilman can finally claim - and hold - that coveted rotation slot

Then again maybe the Dbacks will win 64 games (22 of them against Colorado, undoubtedly) and everyone will fall on their faces (except for Drew and Young, and only against Colorado - hey, I'm just calling them like I sees them).

The player of the most interest for me is Wily Mo Pena.


Wily Mo Pena

#16 / Left Field / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-3

268

R

R

Jan 23, 1982



Pena hasn't played in the majors since 2008, when he was absolutely awful with Washington (.205/.243/.267, and what's worst is the fact that he got 206PA to be awful in. But I suppose given Washington's situation in 2008, it wasn't really hurting anything. Pena, the former amateur signing from the Dominican Republic by the New York Mets, finally reached the majors in 2002 at the age of 20. After struggling his 2003 season (70 OPS+), Pena finally showed signs of success 2004-2005 (115, 105 OPS+, respectively) before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Bronson Arroyo. 2006 more or less paid off for Boston, as Pena hit .301/.349/.489 (110 OPS+) in part-time action. 2007, Pena only managed a 72 OPS+ with Boston before being traded to Washington for a PTBNL (eventually Chris Carter), where he rebounded to post a 124 OPS+ in 37 games. Past that, Pena fell apart (as evidenced by the line in the first sentence of this paragraph).

After 2009, Pena had two minor league stints: in 2009 with the Mets, and in 2010 with the Padres. He clearly hit well enough with the Padres' AAA club to give the Diamondbacks reason to take a look.