ESPN reported that of Ubaldo Jimenez’s 105 pitches thrown [Tuesday] night, there was not one swing and a miss. That would indicate there was not too much of anything on his pitches.
According to Buster Olney’s (of ESPN) tweet, Ubaldo Jimenez didn’t muster a missed swing from a batter until his 92nd pitch Tuesday. Average fastball fell down to about 91.5 mph.
Dear Ken and Tim:
I don’t have any prizes to hand out, but Olney was correct. Moreover, Jimenez went on to throw two more swing-and-miss pitches before he was removed after 4⅔ innings.
You guys have an issue with that? Do you really think Ubaldo should show up opposing hitters by striking them out?
All that does is create hard feelings that can manifest themselves in bench-clearing brawls, and bench-clearing brawls can lead to suspensions and fines, and fines can lead to bankrupt players.
Nobody wants bankrupt players, so it’s probably best to avoid throwing pitches that batters can’t hit.
Your story mentioned that Grady Sizemore will begin baseball activities this week. What’s the over/under on the number of days until his next injury?
What my story inadvertently omitted was a question about who the first wise guy would be to use that line.