Ubaldo Jiminez outduels Tim Lincecum

In what was billed as the pitching matchup of the year, Ubaldo Jiminez and the Colorado Rockies took on two-time reigning Cy Young Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants in San Fran on Memorial Day.

Although Timmy disappointed, Ubaldo put on a show for those who tuned in to see these two beasts go at it. Ubaldo hurled a complete game shutout, yielding just six base runners on four hits and two walks. Jiminez had nine strikeouts and induced another ten outs via ground ball. Adding to his dominance, only one ball put in play was classified as a line drive. And outside Pablo Sandoval, who had three of the Giants four hits, San Francisco batters were dead.

Jiminez threw 128 pitches, 80 of which were strikes. good for a strike % of 62.5. He finished the day with a .359 WPA which will go toward his already league leading total of .291.

On the flip side, Tim Lincecum was pretty horrible. He threw 121 pitches in just 5.2 innings, in part due to his five walks and three strikeouts. That marks the first time this season he walked more people than he struck out. It’s also the third consecutive start he has not reached the sixth inning.

In those past three starts or 15.1 innings (317 pitches) he has allowed seventeen hits, 14 earned runs, and fifteen walks to just 14 strikeouts. After a scorching start to the season, Lincecum is hitting the wall- hard. His problem- walks. Without looking further into it, I would have to assume it’s a mechanical issue that is correctable. Sure, it’s been just three starts but it’s been three putrid starts by someone who dominated hitters for two straight seasons. I wouldn’t be worried, but it is a puzzling situation in the Bay for Tim Lincecum.

While one ace continues to soar, another continues his freefall. Continue to keep your eyes on these two pitches the remaining of the season. Ubaldo could dethrone Timmy as the best pitcher in the West, as well as the National League.

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