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Jhoulys Chacin is off to a very fast start for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 19 April 2011 at 11:58 am

Young righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is off to an outstanding start this season for the Colorado Rockies. Chacin has started 3 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He has only given up 18 hits in his first 22 innings while walking only 6 batters as he has been outstanding. The Rockies needed someone to step up when Ubaldo Jimenez got hurt, and Chacin has been that guy so far this year. I think he’s going to win at least 15 games for the Rockies and maybe close to 20 for them this year as long as he can stay healthy.

Ubaldo Jimenez has turned in a outstanding year for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 10 September 2010 at 11:36 am

Sure, 26-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has not been dominating like he was in the first two or three months of the year but he is still turning in a outstanding overall season. Jimenez has started 28 games for the Rockies this year and he is 18-6 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He has only given up 141 hits in 190 1/3 innings while whiffing 178 batters. If he could just tighten up his control a bit more (he has walked 78 batters this year) he would be even more dominating. As it is though, the Rockies finally have the ace at the top of the rotation that they really have never had in team history.

Jason Hammel is consistent for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 28 August 2010 at 8:48 am

27-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel is a solid back end of the rotation starter for the Rockies. He has started 23 games for the Rockies this year and he is 8-7 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He is second on the team in wins, starts and innings pitched so far this year. Hammel has now pitched in 57 games (53 starts) in his two years with the Rockies and he is 18-15 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Not too many people out there thought much about the trade that brought him over from the Rays last season but it has really helped out the Rockies and Hammel. Hammel would be nothing more than a mop up man if he were still with the Rays.

Matt Belisle has been outstanding this year for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 August 2010 at 6:48 pm

30-year old righty reliever Matt Belisle is having a career year for the Rockies. He has pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 5-4 with 1 save, a 2.34 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Belisle has whiffed 73 batters while giving up only 60 hits and walking 13 batters in 69 1/3 innings pitched. Belisle’s pitching has to be a huge surprise to the Rockies’ front office. In his previous six years in the majors, Belisle pitched in 156 games (43 starts) in which he was 19-23 with 1 save, a 5.10 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. The Rockies hope Belisle finishes this season strongly because they need all hands on the deck if they are going to make it back to the playoffs in 2010.

The Colorado Rockies send Jhoulys Chacin back to the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 July 2010 at 2:26 pm

The Rockies have sent 22-year old righty starter/reliever Jhoulys Chacin back to the minors so that he can go back to starting again. He has had some issues pitching out of the pen for the Rockies this year. Chacin has pitched in 19 games (12 starts) for the Rockies this year and he is 5-8 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He only gave up 70 hits in 82 1/3 innings for the Rockies this year and he has whiffed 89 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. Chacin still has to tighten up his control a bit as he has walked 38 batters this year. When he fixes his control then the Rockies will have a #1 or #2 type starter in the near future.

The Colorado Rockies have two All-Stars

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 5 July 2010 at 12:33 pm

The Rockies have two All-Stars. 25-year old shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and 26-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez are the two guys. Tulowitzki has played in 62 games this season for the Rockies and he is 72 of 235 (.306 avg, .877 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 9 homers, 34 RBIs and 7 RBIs. He will have to miss his first All-Star Game appearance due to injury. Ubaldo Jimenez deserves to be the N.L. starting pitcher in my opinion despite his recent performance. Jimenez has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Rockies this year and he is 14-1 with a 2.27 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He has only given up 84 hits in 119 innings pitched so far this season as he has been downright nasty. This will be Jimenez’ first appearance in the All-Star Game.

Ubaldo Jimenez continues to progress into a top pitcher for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by Andrew on Monday 17 May 2010 at 7:39 pm

So far this season there hasn’t been a better pitcher in baseball than Ubaldo Jiménez.  Jiménez, who is currently 7-1 with a 1.12 ERA, has steadily improved for the Colorado Rockies ever since he made his major league debut near the end of the 2006 season.  His first full season was in 2008, where he went 12-12 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 starts.  Those are pretty good numbers for a rookie, and the Rockies knew Jiménez could continue to develop into an ace.  Well they were right, because everything has come together for Jiménez so far this season, especially on April 17th when he threw the first no-hitter in Rockies’ history.  He has some of the best stuff in baseball, with superior velocity to go along with his full arsenal of pitches.  He can easily hit 100 mph on the radar gun with his four-seam fastball, his two-seamer tails and sinks like crazy, and his change-up looks like a sinker.  He also mixes in a hard slider as well as a 12-6 curveball at times.

With the full arsenal that Jiménez possesses, it’s easy to see why he is already one of the best pitchers (if not the best) of the 2010 season.  Another key to his success is that he keeps the ball on the ground.  Pitching in the homerun friendly Coors Field makes it important for pitchers to produce ground balls, which is what Jiménez has done.  He has given up only one homerun in eight starts so far.  The Rockies knew that Jiménez had this kind of potential, which is why they signed him to a four-year contract before the 2009 season.  The only knock on Jiménez is his control, since he walks too many batters.  In 56.1 innings pitched so far this season, he has 21 walks.  He had 6 walks in his no-hitter, but the good thing for he and the Rockies is those walks aren’t turning into runs.  Ubaldo Jiménez is the early favorite for the NL Cy Young this season and with his stuff, it looks like he will be a perennial threat to win it.

The Colorado Rockies are getting solid production from some veteran lefties in the pen

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 12 May 2010 at 8:54 am

The Rockies are getting solid pitching out of 33-year old lefty reliever Joe Beimel and 34-year old lefty reliever Randy Flores so far this season. Beimel has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this season and he is 0-0 with a 0.77 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Beimel has only allowed 8 hits in 11 2/3 innings thus far for the Rockies. Randy Flores has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this season and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP. He has been a specialist as the Rockies don’t let him pitch against right hitters and it’s paying off so far as he has only given up 3 hits in 8 innings this season. The Rockies hope both of these guys keep up the good work.

The Colorado Rockies have a couple of starting pitchers putting up a lot of zeroes

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 12 May 2010 at 8:50 am

Ubaldo Jimenez and the recently called up Jhoulys Chacin are throwing seeds for the Rockies right now. Jimenez has already tossed a no-hitter this season and there is no reason to think he can’t throw another one this season based on how well he is pitching right now. Jimenez has started 7 games for the Rockies so far this season and he is 6-1 with a 0.93 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. He has only given up 28 hits in 48 1/3 innings this season while whiffing 49 batters showing just how dominating he has been. Jhoulys Chacin is showing why Baseball America said he was the Rockies’ #4 rated prospect coming into this season. He has pitched in 3 games (2 starts) for the Rockies this season and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He has only allowed 7 hits in 15 1/3 innings while whiffing 16 batters so far this season. The Rockies are going to get on a good run soon with the starting pitching they have been getting.

Manny Corpas appears to be getting back on track for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 9:07 am

27-year old righty reliever Manny Corpas looks like he’s getting his groove back. He has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this season and he is 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Corpas is really pitching well as he has only allowed 8 hits in 16 innings pitched so far this season. The Rockies hope that Corpas can keep this up because he had the look of a breakout pitcher back in 2007. In 2007, Corpas pitched in 78 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in which he was 4-2 with 19 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. But the last two years have been a disaster for him. In 2008 & 2009, Corpas pitched in 111 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in which he was 4-7 with 5 saves, a 4.92 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. If Corpas continues to pitch well the Rockies will start using him later in games soon.

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