Rockies-Dodgers Preview

Even during his best season, the Colorado Rockies’ Ubaldo
Jimenez had problems beating the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As he faces the Dodgers for the first time this season, Jimenez
has endured a miserable two months for the struggling Rockies, who
will try to avoid their 11th loss in 13 games Wednesday night.

Jimenez was 10-1 with a 0.78 ERA at this point last year, and he
eventually finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting after
posting a 19-8 record.

Entering this June, he’s still searching for his first win and
coming off one of his worst performances. Jimenez (0-5, 5.86 ERA)
gave up six runs and 12 hits during a 10-3 drubbing to St. Louis on
Friday.

“I don’t even want to think about it, but it’s hard, especially
the kind of year that I had last year. But there’s nothing I can
do,” Jimenez said. “The only thing I can do is get ready for my
next start. I’m not going to be looking back … I just want to
keep working and hopefully for my next start give my team a chance
to win.”

Jimenez lost three of his four starts in 2010 against the
Dodgers (26-30) despite a respectable 3.29 ERA, and he is 2-6 with
a 4.88 ERA in his last nine matchups. The right-hander, though,
earned one of those wins in his previous trip to Dodger Stadium, a
7-5 victory Sept. 17 while giving up four runs over 6 1-3
innings.

He received a combined two runs from his teammates in the other
three games last year and might get similar support in this outing.
The Rockies (25-29) have just six runs over their three consecutive
defeats, one shy of matching the longest skid this season.

They had five hits in an 8-2 defeat Tuesday, while the Dodgers’
Casey Blake and Matt Kemp drove in a combined seven runs.

After scoring 35 runs in losing 10 of 14, Los Angeles has plated
23 during its season high-tying three-game winning streak. The
Dodgers are batting .356 in that run and .458 (11 for 24) with
runners in scoring position.

“Over the last few days we’re starting to put some runs on the
board,” manager Don Mattingly said. “If we can do that
consistently, we’re going to be tough.”

The Rockies, meanwhile, are 1 for 15 with runners in scoring
position in this series, and Jon Garland (1-4, 4.31) will try to
take advantage of those struggles to earn his first win since April
20. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.37 ERA in his last six starts
but nearly ended that drought Friday.

Garland gave up one run and five hits over 6 1-3 innings, but
the Dodgers bullpen gave up the tying run in the eighth during an
eventual 3-2 win.

Garland is 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA in five career starts against the
Rockies and earned the win in a 7-6 victory for San Diego on Sept.
14, allowing three runs and four hits over seven innings.

To claim another victory, he might want to be careful with
Carlos Gonzalez, who is 11 for 18 (.611) with seven doubles in his
career against the right-hander.

Kemp is 11 for 32 (.344) against Jimenez, and those 11 hits are
tied for the most the right-hander has allowed to any batter.