The Brewers won the first two games of the series, while the Rockies look to prevent them from taking all three.
To do that, Colorado is sending Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3, 6.14) to the mound. After missing a large chunk of the beginning of the year due to injury, Jimenez has struggled in following up his phenomenal 2010 season. He currently sports a 4.44 FIP and 4.24 xFIP after a 3.10 2010 FIP. Jimenez is actually striking out nearly a half a batter more per nine innings, but has seen his BB/9 rate rise drastically in the past year from 3.74 to 5.65. In addition, his HR/9 had been 0.54 in 2009 and 0.41 in 2010, but has risen to 0.98 this season. Over the long run, he should be fine but for now he is scuffling a bit.
According to Texas Leaguers, Jimenez throws six different pitches: A mid 90s four seamer, a mid 90s two seamer, a high 80s splitter, a mid 80s changeup, a low 80s slider, and a high 70s curveball. Jimenez has faced four current Brewers at least ten times. Here's how they've fared:
Opposing him is Randy Wolf (3-4, 4.03), who currently sports a 4.68 FIP and who has been slumping some in his last three games, giving up 13 runs in 13.2 innings. The veteran has faced six different Rockies hitters at least ten times. Here's how they've done against him:
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Mark Kotsay
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
C Wil Nieves
CF Carlos Gomez
P Randy Wolf
And in the Bullpen:
John Axford pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) Friday and 1 inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
Sergio Mitre pitched 2 innings (34 pitches) Friday.
Kameron Loe pitched 2 innings (22 pitches) Friday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 2 innings (15 pitches) Friday.
Mike McClendon pitched 1 inning (28 pitches) Friday.
Marco Estrada pitched .2 inning (16 pitches) thursday
Tim Dillard last pitched eleven days ago, when he picked up the win for the Sounds