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That's how good he is

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 11:56 pm
Last summer, Jim Tracy sat in a dugout in New York and said he wanted Ubaldo Jimenez to understand how good he can be.

This should help.

Tracy, the Rockies manager, said he wanted Jimenez to take the mound with the idea that he was going to go the distance.

"I tell him that when I give him the ball, I don't want him to give it back," Tracy said.

Tonight, Jimenez showed how good he can be. Tonight, when Tracy gave Jimenez the ball, Jimenez never did give it back.

The 26-year-old right-hander threw the first no-hitter in Rockies history. He walked six, and he needed 128 pitches, but in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, he was still throwing 98 mph.

Jimenez completed only two of his first 85 major league starts, in part because he had a tendency to throw too many pitches to last deep into a game. He threw 100 pitches in 4 1/3 innings last April in Los Angeles, and 92 pitches in just 2 2/3 innings last September in San Francisco.

But Jimenez is learning, and he's learning to be a winner. He won 15 games for the Rockies last year, and he joins Roy Halladay, Derek Lowe and Tim Lincecum as the only pitchers so far to win three straight starts to begin 2010.

Halladay has a Cy Young Award. Lincecum has won the National League Cy Young each of the last two years. Lowe doesn't own a Cy Young, but he has 144 career wins and a contract that pays him $15 million a season.

Halladay hasn't yet thrown a no-hitter. Neither has Lincecum. Lowe has one, eight years ago with the Red Sox.

And now Jimenez has one, too.

If he didn't know how good he can be before tonight, he sure should know it now.

Category: MLB

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:16 pm

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:01 pm

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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:41 pm

That's how good he is

What an idiodic thing to say from JimDetroit... last April that comment would have been listened too but saying it now you just look foolish and as an "East Coaster" I find your comment ignorant and laughable at the same time...

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:55 am

That's how good he is

I for one would be happy to have the East Coast baseball world continue to pay no attention to Jimenez and the Rockies. Keep looking past them and when playoff time comes, wonder what just blew past them.

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