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...