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Saturday, October 2, 2010
Jimenez falls shy of 20 wins


Jimenez
After going 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA and starting the All-Star Game for the National League, some experts wondered how many games the Colorado Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez would win.

The answer will, most likely, be 19.

Despite eight scoreless innings on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Jimenez didn't factor in the decision -- a 1-0 loss in 11 innings.

Unless the Rockies bring Jimenez back on Sunday in an attempt to get him one more victory, he'll join an extremely small list of pitchers since 1933 who failed to win 20 games after having 15 victories at the All-Star break.

In Jimenez's first 18 starts of the season, the Rockies were 16-2. In his last 15 starts, Colorado went 6-9.

Saturday was the eighth time since the break that the Rockies scored two runs or fewer in a game started by Jimenez. In the first half of the season, Colorado scored two runs or fewer when Jimenez was on the mound in just three games.