SportsNation Blog Archives Ubaldo Jimenez
People get hit all the time in baseball, but in the case of Ubaldo Jimenez hitting Troy Tulowitzki, it seemed like it was personal. Do you think Jimenez hit Tulowitzki on purpose? Did Major League Baseball get it right by handing him a five-game suspension?
Information travels fast these days. At least, it does most of the time. When it comes to Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, on the other hand, it feels a little like the information is still traveling out of the "Gateway to the West" via covered wagon.
Wainwright improved to 17-6 by giving the Cardinals sole possession of first place in the NL Central in Wednesday's win against the Reds. He also lowered his ERA for the season to 1.99, a number more familiar to the Taco Bell menu than MLB pitching statistics at this point on the calendar. And yet when the ballots, so to speak, went out to SportsNation this morning, Wainwright wasn't even in the same area code as first-half star Ubaldo Jimenez.
Then again, while Jimenez has fallen off the ERA pace recently (and here is where we mention perpetually overlooked Josh Johnson and his MLB-best 1.97 ERA), the Rockies ace does still spend half his time in Coors Field. Is that enough to offset Wainwright's surge?
Rob, is Mat Latos in the running for the Cy Young? Take away his first 4 starts of the season and he has a 1.72 ERA, .170/.239/.247 slash line and .90 WHIP, all tops in the MLB. Not to mention he already leads the NL in OBA/OOBP/OSLG with all starts considered.
We're not allowed to take away those first four starts, are we? (If so, I'll take back my brilliant decision to release Latos from my fantasy team.) He's a dark horse Cy Young candidate, if only because of all the other viable candidates. Full transcript
Hall of Famer Old Hoss Radbourn led the National League with 73 complete games in 1884 and finished 489 of the 503 games he started over 11 pitching seasons with Providence, Boston and Cincinnati. Helpfully, though he left us in 1897, he's also mastered the art of tweeting from beyond the grave, including this as a heat wave took its toll on pitchers over the holiday weekend.
That was before Phillies ace Roy Halladay went the distance against the Braves, allowing just five hits en route to win No. 10 on the season. The win total leaves him four behind Ubaldo Jimenez, but no pitcher in baseball is in Halladay's class with seven complete games. In fact, only one team has more complete games than Halladay -- the Mariners.
So when sizing up the Cy Young race, are Halladay's complete games more impressive than Jimenez's wins?
excluding Jimenez, do you see Josh Johnson as the next best for the NL cy young?
It's a star-studded field in the NL. So by the end of the season, we might have eight pitchers in this argument. But as of this particular moment, yes. What a year he's had. Full transcript