1st Pitch: Red hot rookies

Today’s Trivia: With his 6-0 start, Ubaldo Jimenez can probably book his trip to L.A. for the All-Star Game already. Who are the only four Rockies starting pitchers to be selected to the All-Star Game?

Quick Hits: Yesterday we covered the rookie pitchers, today we’ll tackle the rookie hitters:

* Austin Jackson is currently batting .377. If he were to somehow keep up that pace, it would be the highest batting average by a rookie since Shoeless Joe Jackson hit .408 for the 1911 Cleveland Naps.
* From the Elias Sports Bureau: The two highest batting averages in the major leagues over the past seven days (April 27 through May 3) belong to rookies: David Freese is batting ..519 (14-for-27) over that span, and Austin Jackson is hitting .516 (16-for-31).
* With 23 RBI through the Braves first 25 games, Jason Heyward is on pace for 149 this season. That would top the rookie record of 145 set by Ted Williams in 1939. It would also shatter the Braves rookie record of 119 set by Wally Berger in 1930.
* Heyward is averaging 4.45 pitches per plate appearance this season. Since the stat was first tracked in 1988, the highest average by a rookie is 4.44 by Reggie Willits with the 2007 Angels.
* David Freese is batting .358, on pace to break the Cardinals record held by his teammate Albert Pujols (.329 in 2001).

Most IP on 0 Days Rest
2010 Season

Today’s Leaderboard: Fernando Nieve pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Mets last night, despite also pitching the day before. That’s nothing new for the Mets bullpen though. Mets relieves have thrown 26 innings already this year on zero days rest – the most in the majors. Amazingly, they have a 0.69 ERA in those 26 innings.

Key Matchups: Jose Guillen, who has just 2 hits in his last 25 at bats, will have a hard time breaking out of his slump tonight against Gavin Floyd. Guillen is batting just .182 in 22 career at bats against Floyd.

Chipper Jones is struggling to keep his batting average above .200, but maybe facing Livan Hernandez can break him out of his slump. Jones is a career .354 hitter against Hernandez with a .438 on-base percentage.

Trivia Answer: Mike Hampton (2001), Shawn Chacon (2003), Aaron Cook (2008) and Jason Marquis (2009).