In the first 10 games of their existence in 1993, the Rockies gave up 58 runs. In his first 10 starts this season, Ubaldo Jimenez has given up ... seven runs. Where have you gone, Greg Harris?
Pardon us for getting excited about Jimenez, but along with Jason Heyward somehow managing to exceed his hype and Vladimir Guerrero returning to life, the Rockies' ace has been one of biggest stories in baseball through Memorial Day. He improved to 9-1 with a 0.88 ERA after Wednesday's start, bringing to mind numbers like 25 wins or Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA. Nevertheless, one commenter looks at recent history and urges caution.
Jeff (Somewhere out there)
Is Ubaldo on his way to a Bob Gibson 1968 season? ... The guy seems simply too good to hit
I don't know if this is his Bob Gibson season. It seems more like this year's version of Zack Greinke -- a guy with superior stuff who is finally ready to realize all his potential. I love watching Ubaldo pitch. If there's a guy in baseball with better stuff than that, I haven't seen him. Full transcript
Jerry, what do you make of Vlad? Were the reports last season about his no longer having the batspeed to be effective premature? It certainly looks like his power is back.
Henry, I talk about Vlad today in my Starting 9 on "spring training conventional wisdom gone wrong." Rangers GM Jon Daniels says he lost weight and got in better shape over the winter, and was determined to come back and prove people wrong. Hitting at Arlington Stadium never hurt a hitter's numbers, either. Vlad should be on his way to the All Star Game. Full transcript
Jeff (Evans, GA)
Jason Heyward seems to be carrying the Braves on his back this season while Chipper and McCann are both slumping. Are they going to have to step up or can The Kid really carry the Braves all the way to October?
He can't do it alone. But he might be the Braves' MVP this season, sure. And I still like their Wild Card chances. Full transcript