How I feel

You know how I feel?  I feel like you do when you see someone knock a glass of grape juice off of a table and it’s going to hit the carpet and you can see it

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happening…..in…..slow…..motion…..
but you know that no matter what you do, you won’t be able to react in time to do anything about it.  You know that feeling?  Well, that’s how the Cardinals make me feel right now.  As they slowly crawl their way to mathematical elimination by the Reds, that is exactly how I feel.  Like I can see it happening, but I can’t do one thing about it.  Anybody else know what I’m talking about?  No?  Just me?  Ok, then.

Oh and for the record, how in the world have 28% people voted for Ubaldo Jimenez for the NL Cy Young on mlb.com’s poll.  Are you kidding me?  I mean….seriously, are you kidding me?  You want to vote for Halladay, fine.  I can respect that.  But Jimenez?  19 game winner.  Great.  Decent ERA and decent strikeouts.  But that’s it.  Decent.  Not great.  At least not as great as the other two horses in this race.  This is 100% a toss-up between Halladay and Wainwright and it’s going to come down until probably the last day of the season, depending how many more times LaRussa struts Wainwright out to the mound.

So if you voted for Jimenez, please tell me why, ’cause I know I can’t figure it out.

19 wins doesn’t make you Cy Young,
Tiffany

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3 comments

  1. smittytj@gmail.com

    Because Jimenez is the best pitcher in the NL this year. Sure it’s close, but of the three Jimenez is 19-6, has a higher strikeout rate, half the HRs allowed as Wainwright and 1/3 of Halladay’s, and a better normalized WHIP (1.09) and normalized ERA (2.54), plus a no-hitter.

    What I don’t understand is why only 28% have voted for him. Are you kidding me?

  2. smittytj@gmail.com

    Because Jimenez is the best pitcher in the NL this year. Sure it’s close, but of the three Jimenez is 19-6, has a higher strikeout rate, half the HRs allowed as Wainwright and 1/3 of Halladay’s, and a better normalized WHIP (1.09) and normalized ERA (2.54), plus a no-hitter.

    What I don’t understand is why only 28% have voted for him. Are you kidding me?

  3. tiffk99

    Ubaldo Jimenez is the best pitcher in the NL this year? Alright, let’s talk about it.

    There is no way Jimenez is better than Halladay. I also think Wainwright is also better than Jimenez, but since I’m a Cardinals fan, we’ll lay that aside for the time being in sake of fairness. I have no reason to care who wins it between Jimenez and Halladay, so this is looking purely at the numbers.

    Can you honestly tell me that you think Jimenez deserves it over Halladay or that it’s even “close” when Halladay is 1st in wins, 1st in Ks, 3rd in ERA (Jimenez is 2nd, 6th and 7th in those categories), 1st in IP, 1st in CG and 1st in shutouts.

    You mention home runs allowed. Jimenez only allowed 8. That’s a fantastic stat. But is that alone worth handing him the Cy Young? Because that’s basically the sum of your argument. Chris Carpenter only allowed 7 home runs in all of 2009 and he didn’t win. It also ignores the fact that there are plenty of other categories where Jimenez falls drastically short, such as allowing 81 walks (the 4th worst in the league). Meaning, Halladay has allowed roughly 1/3 of the walks as Jimenez, all while pitching 39 more innings.

    I get that you’re a Rockies fan. And Ubaldo has absolutely had a fantastic season, especially his ridiculous 1st half. If they had given this award out at the break, it would have been his. And I wish him more great years.

    But looking at all of this, do you honestly think he has outpitched Doc for the award this year? There’s no way you can legitimately say that, if you are being objective.

    I look forward to your response.

    – Tiffany
    http://redbirdfever.mlblogs.com

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