I was watching that game just sitting back with a beer laughing. He wasn't doing very well. Their park is definitely not a pitchers park, but still. We basically traded Two DUIs with unproven talent for a sober pitcher that seems to have Cy Young stuff on occasion with potential to get back to full form. And quite honestly I look forward to the days Jimenez pitches. Whether he is on or not, he is one of the most fun pitchers to watch in all of baseball because you have no idea what is coming next. He might throw a 12-6 curve with huge movement in for a strike, or he might throw a fastball 15 feet away from the plate. Ubaldo definitely gives a show.
Also nice to see a second starter finally get a W. Jimenez should have 2 wins and Masterson should easily have at least 1. Gomez should have 1 also, but that went to Asencio.
Yeah I saw that one. Still Pomeranz is getting his wrinkles out having never really pitched in the majors before. It'll be interesting to see how Ubaldo and Pomeranz compare statwise by the end of the season. Then there's always Alex White.
I hated the trade at the time it happened thinking Colorado dumped a player with issues onto us, but I'd definitely welcome a pleasant surprise!
If Ubaldo does underwhelm, it will be more great evidence of the incompetence of Shapiro & Co. cause anyone could have predicted him being subpar simply by checking out his stats on Fangraphs and reading the Rockies message boards. If my limited scout job based on 2 freely available online sources ends up being better than what a Major League ball club is able to produce, then I hope some people get fired.
Pomeranz is still young and has many chances to succeed. I have an interesting story to share with you all.
Last month, I was on vacation. Myself and my friends ran into some guys from Tennessee. Soon enough we were discussing the upcoming baseball season and one of the Tennessee guys says something along the lines of...
"You heard of Drew Pomeranz (who's also from Tennessee)? Him and his brother (Stuart - a minor league pitcher for Baltimore) were 'idiots' (in high school)."
He want on to talk about parties they were at and how Drew took new truck 'muddin' and it ended up getting stuck and buried in the mud and lost forever.
Now I know, it's high school. We all did dumb stuff when we were younger. And it's possible that he has matured. I know, I have no authentic way to verify this story, but I promise you all this is what those Tennessee guys told me.
Of course, Pomeranz may very well turn out to be a solid pitcher.
I really think White ends up in the bullpen. He has already dealt with a tough injury, one that derailed Adam Miller's career, and I just don't think he has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter like many pegged him to be when he was coming up through our system. He probably could have been a good #3 or maybe #2 here in Cleveland, but if you want to be successful in Colorado you have to miss a ton of bats, and White just doesn't seem to do that when he's a starter.
Pomeranz, on the other hand, I think will be fine. I think he would have been an absolute stud had he stayed in a more pitcher-friendly park like Cleveland, so he'll probably be a guy that underperforms his true talent when you look at his ERA. Still though, he misses bats and he has dominating stuff. I think he'll be their ace for a while, though I don't think they'll ever see the kind of performance that Jimenez gave them from 08-10.
The way he USED to throw looking like Tommy John or wrist surgery just waiting to happen. But he is nowhere near as aggressive as he used to be. But he doesn't have as an aggressive follow through like he used to. If you know about pitching you can tell from a few pictures what is wrong with him.
The Rockies pictures are from his No Hitter in 2010. His form is not nearly that clean nor aggressive in the Indians pictures. His foot placement is off a little bit and it looks like he doesn't keep his back as straight with the follow through .
To me, from those pictures it looks lime his step isn't as forward as it used to be in the Rockies picture, that would be part of the reason why his velocity is so much slower.
Aroldis Chapman has a somewhat similar middle section of his delivery.
Notice how far his feet are apart, that's why he can consistantly throw 100 MPH. Ubaldo's isn't quite as far apart as it used to be. I don't know if they tried to shorten it because of his groin injury or what, but unless he gets back up to around 96-98 consistantly, he will never be the pitcher he was.