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The Fall of a Superstar...

Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:21 am
Edited on: July 24, 2010 10:22 am

Rockies fans sit and home with the biggest grins anyone has ever seen, this is of course watching Ubaldo Jimenez, but that has smile has turned to a frown and panic. Over Jimenez's last five starts he has given up four runs or more in four out of five of his last five starts. Rockies fans are starting to worry, you can tell. There are no more Ubaldo threads telling how great he is and how he is going to win the NL CY-YOUNG. No, no more of that. Josh Johnson has now clearly been better on this season now, and byb the looks of it Adam Wainwright and Roy Halladay have even moved ahead of him.

Many of you readers may be thinking, "How can you complain? The guy is 15-1 with a 2.38 ERA!" but the truth is, after you are accustomed to even higher standards that Ubaldo has set this worries you. The Rockies are trying to make a big final surge sometime soon to get into the playoffs, and if Ubaldo keeps pitching like he has the last five starts well, they won't make it.

Ok now let's think of some reasons or "excuses" to why this could be happening. A) With a cannon arm (96-100 MPH) his arm could be experiencing that wear and tear. Jimenez may not be getting that extra movement on the ball cause he is out of fuel, making it much easier for the batters to see and hit. That is just one idea. B) His team is not backing him up. Yes the Rockies are known as a really good defensive team, but in some of Ubaldo's last five starts (When he's been really struggling) there have been some costly errors, making Ubaldo have to get a "4th out" Those are two of my ideas to why he could be losing his title.

With Ubaldo seemingly out of the CY-YOUNG race suddenly, and pitching like a 5th starter his last five starts. We may be watching The Fall of a Superstar...


Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2010 5:21 pm

The Fall of a Superstar...

Thanks for the comments guys.
Uh oh!!! He only pitched 2 innnigs against the Phillies, His last 5 of 6 now have been TERRIBLE. Ahhh! Frown

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:49 am
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:48 am

The Fall of a Superstar...

I agree with Harst, there was no way he could have kept a sub 1 ERA all that time, or won over 30 games (with only getting 33 starts or so) his numbers are just leveling out here... it always happens. Look at Greinke last year, sub 2 ERA for a while and he finished with a 2. whatever it was. I believe Ubaldo is better due to the field they play in and Ubaldos ability to keep the ERA so low still. He'll finish with over 20 wins and a sub 3 ERA easily, does he win the Cy Young? With the way Johnson came on I don't know. Johnson has pitched as well as he has to start off the season, but he has done it lately. Is it what have you done for me lately here or Jiminez who has kept his team in it until Tolu and company come back from injury? I just think he fell from MVP form to Cy Young form, thats all...

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:37 am

The Fall of a Superstar...

I agree with you Harst. Ubaldo will be top 5 in the NL for years to come. I mean it's only his last 4 out of 5 starts so he can still turn it around this year. He pitches against the Phillies today. This will be a nice test for him.

Thanks for stopping in Harst.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:31 am

The Fall of a Superstar...

I don't think this is a fall of a superstar at all actually. This is a young pitcher finally coming down to earth after a spectacular start to the season. There's no question though, Ubaldo Jimenez is still on the rise and will be a legitimate Cy Young contender for the next handful of years. He has nasty stuff, but he's young and slumps happen. If he's not a top 5 pitcher this year he's certainly up there. I would probably put him up there though, because he is no one year wonder. He has been solid throughout his career, especially last year, and I know many people who predicted this year he would break out into a Cy Young candidate. Along with Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright, and Roy Halladay I'd probably say Ubaldo is a legitimate top 5.

Don't worry my man, Ubaldo Jimenez is still a sure fire #1 ace.

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