One of these days I’m going to write a post without a cutesy title, I promise…
Anyway, I’m writing this post at about 1 AM (yes, on a Friday) and the Toronto/Colorado game is currently in a rain delay after six. I don’t think it will be resumed. The point of this post is to say that tonight, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched. And he was human.
He struck out six, but he walked five. I was watching for a bit, and it seemed like none of his outs were all that easy, either. After a leadoff walk which led to a stolen base in the second, he got two outs, then gave up a run-scoring triple. The Rockies gave him the lead back in the bottom of the inning.
When Ubaldo came out in the third, he struck out the pitcher, then proceeded to walk Fred Lewis and… give up a home run to Aaron Hill?? A home run??? I know it’s the Blue Jays and all, but it’s also Ubaldo. Am I reading this right? Sorry, the world just exploded.
Anyway, all joking aside, he did manage to keep the Blue Jays scoreless for the rest of the time he spent in the game, as Colorado retook the lead. Ubaldo was removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth, so that was his night. A quality start – six innings, three runs. And after what Ubaldo’s done this year, that seems like a tremendous disappointment.
After tonight’s clearly unacceptable performance, Ubaldo’s ERA is up to… 1.16. So Bob Gibson is probably happy. A lot of people were saying “ha ha welcome to the American League Ubaldo” but I don’t think that was it at all. The guy was missing with his location and though I admit to not paying a ton of attention to velocity, the guys in the Rockies’ booth kept talking about how his was down.
Truth is that while tonight’s start wasn’t terribly predictable considering what Ubaldo’s done the rest of the year, it was, in fact, predictable because the guy simply wasn’t going to have a sub-1 ERA through the end of 2010. For sure, Jimenez is going to have minor hiccups like this throughout the year; when we’re talking about a quality start where you strike out as many batters as innings pitched like it’s something terrible, you know you’re having a good year. Maybe Ubaldo’s 2010 isn’t Gibson’s 1968 or Pedro’s 2000, but it’s still something special to watch. Let’s all enjoy it while it’s here.