Inside Edge, a leading baseball scouting and information service, will provide scouting reports to Yahoo! Sports throughout the MLB playoffs. Here's their breakdown of the National League Championship Series Game 2 between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
• Diamondbacks hitters struggled mightily both times they faced Colorado's Game 2 starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, this season. The rookie right-hander's breaking pitches gave the D'backs more problems than his upper-90s fastball. Arizona batters went 0-for-19 against Jimenez's curve and slider.
• Eric Byrnes has proven he can handle serious heat. He led all Diamondbacks hitters with a .438 batting average (14-for-32) against 95-plus mph fastballs this season.
• Third baseman Mark Reynolds batted .625 when putting a 95 mph-plus fastball in play. That was a rare occurrence, however. Reynolds' miss percentage against those high-octane heaters was 55 percent (29 misses in 53 swings).
• The Rockies batted over .300 against Game 2 starter Doug Davis' fastball when he was ahead in the count, but just .125 (2-for-16) when he went to his off-speed pitches on those counts.
• The Rockies offense is batting .357 (101-for-283) against lefty fastballs since September.
• D'backs starter Doug Davis may want to use his curveball more often tonight. The Rockies batted .410 (16-for-39) against his fastball in three regular season games. Davis used his fastball for 70 percent of his pitches in those contests. Rockies batters were 3-for-17 against his curveball.
• Davis pitched very carefully to the heart of the Rockies order this year. Sluggers Garrett Atkins, Matt Holliday, and Todd Helton saw a pitch in the strike zone only 50 percent of the time from the Arizona left-hander. The Rockies threesome jumped all over Davis when they did get a pitch to hit; they were 13-for-23 (.565 BA) combined against him.
• Arizona reliever Juan Cruz was outstanding against the Rockies in the regular season, holding them to a .167 batting average against (3-for-18). Colorado hitters missed half of the 16 sliders they swung at against him.
• The only hard-hit ball Ubaldo Jimenez allowed against the Diamondbacks the last time they faced each other was a ground single to part-time infielder Alberto Callaspo.
- Ubaldo Jimenez
- Doug Davis