Ubaldo Jimenez won the battle of aces on Monday with a 4-hit shutout against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants. The Colorado Rockies righthander threw 128 pitches Monday, tying a career-high he reached April 17 this season - the date of his no-hitter. He struck out nine and walked two.
Jimenez lowered his ERA to 0.78 on the season and became the third player since ER became an official statistic (1912 for NL, 1913 for AL) to have 10 wins and an ERA under 1.00 in his first 11 starts.
Ubaldo Makes History
Won 10 of First 11 Starts of Season with an ERA Under 1.00 - All-Time. ER became an official stat in the NL in 1912 and the AL in 1913.
Lincecum struggled yet again allowing three earned runs and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. His 121 pitches were a season-high and it was his second straight loss. Lincecum has now allowed 14 earned runs in his last three starts after allowing just 11 earned runs in his first eight starts.
Jimenez is the sixth pitcher in the last 20 years to win 10 games before June 1. Three of the previous six ('99 Martinez, '97 Clemens and '96 Smoltz) went on to win their respective league's Cy Young Award.
And what has happened to the 2-time reigning Cy Young winner? Following a 5-0 start and a 1.76 ERA in his first 8 starts, Lincecum has seen his season take a downard spiral. Lincecum has an ERA of 8.22 in his last three starts - two losses - and has walked 15 batters against 14 strikeouts.
Lincecum started the season 5-0, he's 0-2 since in three starts.