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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at PETCO Park, where Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) made pitching look as easy as taking the dog for a walk.

Game of the Day: Rockies 5, Padres 2

A career high 13 strikeouts for Jimenez, who ripped off the fastest of fastballs and had the Padres flailing away:

"He was unbelievable," catcher Miguel Olivo(notes) said. "They were looking for off-speed and he was throwing 101 mph. Freaking amazing.''

A run and four hits, along with two walks allowed, over seven innings. He's already thrown a no-hitter this season.

Which brings me to the question. Who is the best pitcher in the National League?

Jimenez: 0.87 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 6 GS, 41 1/3 IP, 26 H, 44 K, 16 BB.
Roy Halladay(notes): 1.47 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 6 GS, 49 IP, 39 H, 39 K, 4 BB (Yes, 4.)
Tim Lincecum(notes): 1.27 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 5 GS, 35 1/3 IP, 22 H, 43 K, 7 BB

You have to decide. You have to decide. You have to decide.

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They Also Played

Rangers 4, Athletics 2: Two hits allowed over seven. Reaches 96 mph on the gun. Arm stays attached. Rich Harden(notes) is such a tease.

Cardinals 6, Phillies 3: Nobody can figure out Jaime Garcia(notes). It's not that he's a complicated man and no one understands him but his woman. I mean his pitching. Can ya' dig it? ... Stay off the field in Philly, or else you'll face Mr. Sparky. No, Ryan Ludwick(notes) (right) didn't learn the hard way — he's just leaping for a fly ball.

Yankees 4, Orioles 1: CC Sabathia(notes) is now 11-1 for his career against the O's. They actually beat him in 2009, which means it won't happen again until 2016. It's like a comet.

Reds 3, Mets 2 (11 inn.): Another solid start by Mike Leake(notes), and Laynce Nix(notes) hits the gayme winner. In a sense, the Mets come away with a win because Oliver Perez(notes) was not embarrassing.

Blue Jays 5, Indians 1: Brett Cecil(notes) took a perfect game into the seventh inning but was just fooling himself. Everyone knows that all Blue Jays pitchers, if they want to pitch a no-hitter or perfect game, must first endure the Dave Stieb Trials. That's where one gets tantalizingly close at least six times before being allowed to complete the feat.

D-backs 9, Astros 1: Do the ‘Stros realize the season is still going on? They seemed to wake up there for a week or so. Now ... is this on? Hello? ... OK, this is weird. In the wake of Jhoulys Chacin's(notes) success with the Rockies, Houston has recalled Gustavo Chacin(notes) from Triple-A. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2007.

Red Sox 17, Angels 8: Sure, they get away from the Orioles and the Red Sox are all good again.

White Sox 5, Royals 1: Stating the obvious: If Jake Peavy(notes) wasn't going to get it together against the Kansas City Royals, it just wasn't going to happen. ... Y! Sports' Jeff Passan was so wrong about Andruw Jones(notes), who continues to sizzle. ... ZOMG, it's Justin Bieber!!!1

Twins 10, Tigers 4: The Twins have the mutant offspring of Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk standing by if Wilson Ramos(notes) goes down. On the other side of the field, Detroit's Gerald Laird(notes) is batting .145 — but it's excused because he's so focused on how the Phoenix Suns are doing in the NBA playoffs.

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