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Ubaldo Jimenez's encore: 7.1 shutout innings

Apr 23, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez put on quite an encore performance Thursday, following his no-hitter by shutting out the Nationals for 7.1 innings. Jimenez allowed five hits and two walks while improving to 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA, although Jim Tracy letting him throw 121 pitches after needing 127 pitches for the no-hitter is worrisome.
He also threw 115 pitches in the start preceding the no-hitter, so Jimenez’s workload is piling up as he dominates. He topped 100 pitches in 29 of 33 starts last season, including 115 or more in 10 outings, but went beyond 120 pitches just twice and until now had never had back-to-back 120-pitch starts in his career.

  1. Luis - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    120 pitches is NOT a high workload. The stress of the situation etc factor in as much as an arbitrary number. It is what the body is used to tht matters. If you train the body to throw 120+ pitches, it will handle it. 100 pitches being the magic number for everyone is silly.

  2. d - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    is he staying in his delivery? is his velocity maintaining? who deemed 100 pitches the right number? Maybe he’s built to throw 150 pitches per game. It’s worth watching, but condeming the number of pitches thrown is getting a little out of hand (in general).
    Somewhere Nolan Ryan is agreeing
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  3. Mark - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Calling something “worrisome” is hardly condeming it. You even acknowledge “it’s worth watching”. If there is any difference between that and “worrisome” it’s quite small.

  4. LarryLongBeach - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    I used to agree with everything the two posts above me said, but as the owner of Jimenez in a very competitive NL-only league, I’m scared sh1tless.
    All one has to do is look at Edison Volquez for a prime example of how bloated pitch counts might wreck a guy’s arm.
    I agree that everyone is different, I’m just praying that Ubie is one of the special ones. Worst case, just sneak in an extra day of rest here and there if you’re gonna work him this hard.

  5. Funzo - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Maybe Luis and d are right, but if I’m Rockies management, I’d prefer to see Tracy err on the side of caution with what could be the first bona fide ace the franchise has ever developed. If you can’t trust your pen to hold down a 2 run lead over the Nats (minus Zimmerman), when can you?

  6. d - Apr 23, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Mark – I was reacting to the overall generalization that seems to me to be prevalent in many people’s thinking – that there’s some magical 100 pitch level and then someone’s arm falls off.
    There is some “Verduci effect” I’m sure – and there are other pitchers (such as J. Lester, CC Sabathia) who increasing pitches thrown don’t seem to bother.
    It’s unfair to both the player and franchise to put an arbitrary count on a pitcher. That said, it is worth watching, because who really knows what category Jiminez falls into.
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