The Minnesota Twins did what they needed to do against the Colorado Rockies to start their three-game series. They won the first two.
The reason that was so important was the series finale Thursday has the Twins facing the Rockies’ Cy Young candidate Ubaldo Jimenez.
And the Twins counter with none other than Francisco Liriano.
I’ve pointed out recently how good Liriano has been pitching. It’s time to give Jimenez his due.
His numbers are downright ridiculous. In 13 starts so far, the Rockies right-hander is 12-1 with a 1.16 ERA, striking out 84 in 93.1 innings.
Here’s a few interesting nuggets to get you jacked up for Thursday’s noon game:
- In six of Jimenez’s starts, he hasn’t given up an earned run.
- The one game that Jimenez lost – he has no no-decisions, so it’s the only game he hasn’t won – was a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9. Jimenez disappointed the Colorado faithful, allowing one run on two hits in seven innings.
- He’s given up more than two runs in a start just once, and that was the three runs he gave up last time out, a 5-3 win against the lethal Toronto Blue Jays lineup.