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  1. U-bad-o actually saved 3 of his best pitches for the final batter, Matt Kemp. Two of those hitting 96mph on the gun. Granted, the Dodgers were swinging (hacking) at a lot of 1st and 2nd pitches thereby allowing Jimenez to pitch deep into the game. But when he needed to pitch, he delivered. Looks like he can shed his early season nickname soon and return to Ubaldo!

    Comment by Frankie — June 2, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

  2. def. better than carpenter and danks thats forsure. max sczher looking bad…

    Comment by donald — June 2, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

  3. His last four starts include 2 CG and a 26:8 K/BB over 33 innings, hopefully he has righted the ship and we see him hitting triple digits again soon

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — June 2, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

  4. his home/road BABIP and LOB are wildly different, some regression is expected downward at home and upward on the road…. but uball should be doing essentially what JDLR was before his injury, low to mid 3s ERA/FIP/xFIP (higher xFIP since he doesnt give up the long ball) for the rest of the season

    Comment by fredsbank — June 2, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  5. I thought you thought my starts were “unimpressive?”

    Comment by Ubaldo Jimenez — June 2, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  6. According to both the Rockies TV and radio broadcasts Jimenez ended the game by striking out Kemp on a 98 mph fastball. (hadn’t seen that veIocity from him this season) I thought that was a promising as the 7-0 strikeout to walk ratio.

    Comment by Ryan — June 2, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

  7. Impressive Ubaldo…

    Comment by Jake Peavy — June 2, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  8. can we describe “back on track”? He’s 27, so he’s not going to get much better if at all. He had a great first few months last year, otherwise he’s been like a 3.75 ERA type of guy. Not bad, but not great.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 2, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  9. Dodgers radar must be off by 2 mph because it lite up 98 in the Ninth. I wish I bought low on him.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — June 2, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

  10. Don Mattingly Bobblehead Night was ruined by Ubaldo last night.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — June 2, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  11. have there been a lot of 3.75 ERA guys at Coors field? 3.99 in his first full year 3.47 in his second year 2.88 in his third so yeah he hasn’t really been consistently a 3.75 guy.

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — June 3, 2011 @ 12:04 am

  12. It’s still a home run park but it’s not as absurd as it used to be. All I’m trying to say is that we need to clarify what “back to” means. I think a lot of people were so wowed by his start last year that it’s hard to keep in perspective exactly where he is. Personally I see him as “very good” like maybe a Tim Hudson level at his very best.

    Comment by Antonio Banans — June 3, 2011 @ 3:03 am

  13. tim hudson is an extreme groundball pitcher who may happen to strike someone out every once in a while… ubaldo is a strikeout pitcher who gets groundballs. his periphs and results have improved every single year before this one.

    Comment by fredsbank — June 3, 2011 @ 5:16 am

  14. Coors isn’t a home run park, it’s a doubles and triples park.

    Comment by Biondino — June 3, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

  15. While Coors is no longer Coors Canaveral it is easy to forget that Ubaldo Jimenez is the only pitcher in Rockies history to have a sub 3.5 ERA over 30+ starts and he did it twice in his second and third full seasons.

    Tim Hudson has never posted a 3.36 FIP like Ubaldo did in 2009 so he hasn’t touched a 3.10 FIP like he did in 2010.

    Jimenez had a start in the rain against Toronto last year, unable to grip the ball he had to go to his secondary stuff and messed up his fastball location for the next 2 months.

    That said the guy had 3 months of 2.5FIP pitching in 2010(April, May, August) 1 month of 3.00FIP(September) and two months of struggling with his fastball command with a 4.09FIP and 4.21FIP.

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — June 3, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

  16. I think we can all agree that Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball
    his career road numbers are
    3.49ERA 1.245WHIP
    Ubaldo’s Career road numbers
    3.57ERA 1.256WHIP

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — June 3, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  17. I wasn’t comparing Ubaldo and Tim based on their style, more their effectiveness. Don’t use FIP with Huddy, he’s consistently pitched lower. Plus FIP kills pitchers who are contact pitchers lke Huddy. Not only that but it’s really a stupid statistic. Just disregard everything but home runs, walks, and strikeouts? Yea, find a different statistic.

    How about, get this, we use NORMAL STATISTICS. Let’s say confidence intervals, least significant difference, etc. Adjust ERAs based on park and then use those. Or we can keep using stats someone without a stat background pulls out of who knows where that has gaping holes in it’s logic and methodology.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 3, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  18. Right, I am sorry I forgot someone who has a stat background and firm grasp of methodology would definitely prefer ERA to FIP.

    I have my own problems with FIP, but if you prefer the tRA model of WAR than Ubaldo’s 7.2 was the best in the NL since Randy Johnson had 7.4 in 2004 and is .5WAR better than Hudsons peak of 6.7

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — June 3, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

  19. How about we measure the best seasons by Hudson against the best seasons other pitchers have had in his home parks, and then do the same for Jimenez.

    Comment by Mr. wOBAto — June 3, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  20. Explain why you guys have so much of a hard on for Jimenez but always discredit guys like Jurrjens? Jurrjens is 25 so he’ll probably get better but his “peripherals” which include everything except what he’s good at show that he’s a 3 or 4 guy. Jimenez, who’s 27 and probably won’t get much better has had one outstanding season in which those ridiculous stats were gathered largely in the first 10 weeks of the season.

    I just don’t like how strkeout guys get so much love on here. Everyone was all over Joba Chamberlain because of his Ks. turns out he’s pretty mediocre.

    How about this, maybe FIP isn’t that good of a stat. Maybe we should use something different that isn’t so insanely bias. I’m not trying to prove that Jimenez is bad, he’s very good. However, he’ll probably never be as good as he was last year no matter what his FIP says. FIP seems to, by how the stat is formulated, give K pitchers more credit and less to contact pitchers.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — June 3, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

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