Jul 7, 2010 1:24 AM
DENVER (AP) - Ubaldo has taken a U-turn.
Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez is off to the best start in this "Year of the Pitcher," with a 14-1 record and a 2.27 ERA. He's the odds-on favorite to get the ball for the NL in the All-Star game, and with one more start this week, he could become the first pitcher in a decade to win 15 games by the break.
His nasty repertoire includes a ridiculous six different pitches - and variations of each - that he regularly throws for strikes on any given count, and some hitters swear they've never seen a fastball dip and dive like his is doing this year. He even threw a no-hitter against Atlanta in April.
But Jimenez has struggled in his last three starts, a stretch manager Jim Tracy chalks up to him being human.
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