Last night, on MLB Network, Mitch Williams listed his current Top 10 pitchers in baseball.
He had Roy Halladay number one followed by Tim Lincecum. Not bad at all but they should be two and three on the list.
The number one pitcher in baseball, right now, is Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies. He's 8-1 with an ERA of 0.99. He has a no-hitter to his credit and could have had another last night against the Astros. Ubaldo the Magnificent allowed one hit over 7-innings and that hit was questionable. A slow roller to third by slow-footed catcher Humberto Quintero was flubbed by Ian Stewart who for some reason tried to barehand the ball. Uh, Stewie, there is a piece of leather on your other hand that serves a purpose. Use it. Why he thought he needed to barehand the ball by Quintero is inexplicable. Quintero, in his 238 game big league career has zero stolen bases.
I don't like the way Stewart plays third base. He too often makes the off-balance throw instead of setting his feet. He wants to make the pretty play instead of the fundamental play. Last night it may have cost Ubaldo another no-hitter.
Back to my original point, in my Casey Stengel-like rambling, is that Mitch Williams had Ubaldo Jimenez as the 6th best pitcher in baseball. Yes, 6th. If you've been reading this blog with regularity you know that I like Williams as an analyst. He's funny, insightful and possesses a pleasing demeanor. But in this case, Wild Thing is dead wrong. Jimenez is the best pitcher in baseball. Period.