U the Man: Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez Dominates to Magnify Lifeless Landscape

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMay 31, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 31:  Ubaldo Jimenez #38 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants during an MLB game at AT&T Park on May 31, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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He reminds us of an endless movie, the grandest baseball script of the season.

It’s stunning to see a pitcher in the age when baseball is contaminated with performance-enhancers, and bring much enthralling scenes to a fragile game, horrid of all the steroid scandals and dirty crimes.

Such is difficult to grasp America’s Pastime in the Steroid Era, disgusted and burnt out of all the continuous frauds betraying the positive images of integrity.

Because the majors are constantly dispraised for shameful revelations, poisoning the beauty of the game, we have been downplaying the values of baseball and have neglected applauding Ubaldo Jimenez, the one pitcher emblazoned for becoming the majors’ first 10-game winner this season.

The most powerful and strongest pitcher in the game would be U’s the Man, a nickname that was given to Jimenez when he had a flawless outing in April by pitching the first no-hitter in Rockies’ 18-year history.

Within a lifeless sport known for stereotypes and fraudulent depravity, Jimenez, a 26-year old star pitcher, has emerged as an ace, and becomes the conversation in the majors with his dominance of late on the mound.

It’s unbelievable that he’s the best and hottest pitcher, a savior in a lame sport for his craftiness and creativity in not allowing earned runs, normally finishing an outing hitless and scoreless.

He’s focused on chasing batters early, attacking aggressively, and mixing his pitches in the strike zone, fiercely pitching and attacking the zone with vigor and perception, realizing his relentless pitching duel is needed amid a fraudulent era.

Years after the major leagues declined, we never acknowledged a pitching sensation for all the ravaging shams, transforming the way people viewed the game.

But now, it seems the fuss in sports is the growth of the emerging Jimenez, who suddenly has imposed all recognition, erasing any dreadful thoughts of corrupted imagery that has disparaged the features of a distressing sport.

If there wasn’t any regards that he’s the purist thrower, maybe there’s much assumption that he’s the front-runner for the National League Cy Young award.

If there wasn’t any promise after he has thrown 26 consecutive scoreless innings, a franchise record as a starting pitcher, maybe there’s an understanding that he could one day be enshrined in Cooperstown.

He seems like a 10-year veteran, calmed and forced earnestly, roughly symbolizing that the poisoning aspects of the game could be cured.

Once again, Jimenez verified that baseball is still relevant in many ways by popularizing and reducing the ill-awareness, regenerating purity among a competition nudged by an oblivious crisis.

When the buzz engendered over Memorial Day weekend, an event created a conversation involving two primary right-handed pitchers. In what was quickly divulged as a Memorial Day pitching duel, Jimenez was impeccable and unbeatable.

Not until he pitched a complete game four-hitter, as the Rockies shut out the San Francisco Giants in a 4-0 matinee at AT&T Park, fantasy owners and the casual fan clearly witnessed the potential Cy Young award winner and the idealistic right-hander, outshining pitching sensation Tim Lincecum at a premium in his domain.

It’s barely approaching June and still there’s plenty of baseball left in the regular-season, but it’s not too early to admit that Jimenez is a journeyman, suddenly turning into a high-profile ace with monstrous numbers.

And since the majors are obsessed with numbers more than wins, Jimenez is 10-1 with a 0.78 ERA.

If he preserves one more win, he would tie the franchise record of 11 wins by the All-Star break. For his foe, Lincecum, his throwing mechanics weren’t anywhere near a reigning Cy Young winner, horribly allowing four runs, three earned in 5 2/3 innings.

It’s incredible how a pitcher can magnetize the perception of an unsteady game, impelling all followers to embrace the gratifying development of a big-name pitcher.

Keen to succeed at the highest level, he’s resilient and durable, normally lasting longer than the average ace, pitching either until the late innings or the entire contest.

What’s fascinating about baseball is that a spectacular display on the mound magnifies one’s curiosity, just as does Jimenez, the 26-year old absorbing all the thrills for his incomparable and overwhelming achievements.

It’s easy to assume that the staggering numbers place Jimenez as the favorable pitcher to be named for the momentous award.

His results speak for themselves, such as a no-hitter and a one-hitter, scoreless streaks of 25 and 17 innings, seven earned runs allowed in 71 1/3 innings. Also, it’s not every day you hear a pitcher yielding merely one home run.

Without argument, he’s a prolific starter with impressive landmarks, attaining the most deeds in Colorado. Over the years, high altitude seemed burdensome for many pitchers, but has yet affected the excellence of Jimenez’s powerful arm.

Just recently, Rockies manager Jim Tracy insisted that he’s the greatest pitcher. “He’s the best pitcher in the game,” he said. “He is as quality a human being as you would ever want to be around. He is humble, soft-spoken and accountable. He has all the attributes to be a star in this game for years to come.”

Ahem, I believe he’s already a star?

Apparently, when you are unbeatable, you are a star.

Let’s anoint U’s the Man.


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