The Stat Line of the Night – 5/31/10 – Ubaldo Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez has had an unbelievable season this year. He has looked liked a Cy Young pitcher in every single outing he’s had. In just 11 starts, the pitcher has now accumulated a 10-1 record. He is just the third pitcher to win 10 games in his first 11 starts with an ERA under 1.00 and the first to do it since Juan Marichal accomplished the feat in 1966. With the Rockies matched up against Tim Lincecum and the Giants yesterday, Jimenez had to unseat the reigning NL Cy Young winner to accomplish the feat and join Juan Marichal. He did it with ease.
Jimenez threw his second complete game shutout of the season against the Giants. In 9 innings he only gave up 4 hits and 2 walks. He accomplished the feat with 9 strikeouts on 127 pitches. He had the Giants hitters looking confused and bewildered for most of the afternoon, dominating almost every batter he faced.
As the Rockies try to climb the standings in the recently weak NL West, they have to leap frog three teams to get to first, but there are only 4 games separating those teams. One of those teams is the Giants and thanks to Jimenez’s ridiculously great game they are now only a half game behind the Giants and closing fast. If Jimenez can keep this up, he will be in a good position to help his team make a push of rthe post-season. For now, he will have to settle for a “Stat Line of the Night”.