Pitching this season in Major League Baseball has been better than we’ve seen in years.
With Roy Halladay throwing a perfect game on Saturday, the feat was accomplished twice in one season for the first time since 1800’s. On top of the perfect games pitched by Halladay and Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s, the Colorado Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez also threw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves.
If pitching is your thing, then today there is a game that should be on your radar, the Colorado Rockies versus the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
For the Rockies, Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound looking to lower his already unbelievably low ERA of 0.88, and at the same time become this season’s first ten game winner. Jimenez’ has dominated opponents this year to say the least, registering triple digits on the radar gun more than a handful of times this year with his fastball.
For the Giants, their ace Tim Lincecum will take the mound. Although the two-time defending Cy Young Award winner holds a 5-1 record, he has struggled in his last few outings. Despite the recent struggles, Lincecum still leads the Major League’s in strikeouts with 80.
So far this season, the Giants lead the battle of these two National League West teams, 2-1, but neither Jimenez nor Lincecum has had start against the other team in this budding rivalry.
While much of the focus for today’s game is on the pitching duel, both the Rockies and the Giants have seen their offense pick up in the last couple of games. Both teams put up double digits in the runs scored column over the weekend.
Whether the pitching or the hitting is what prevails today, this match-up is sure to be one worth watching.