Ubaldo Jiminez First 5 Game Winner
Ubaldo Jiminez accomplished something that Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum couldn’t do in their first try by becoming the first major league pitcher to win all five of their first five starts.
Jiminez who had thrown a no-hitter on April 17 that defeated the Braves 4-0 has not allowed a run since his second start of the season on April 11. He has pitched 21 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 0.79 since that date.
Only Mike Pelfrey has a lower ERA among major league pitchers than Jiminez with a 0.69 mark.
Around the Diamond
Kelly Johnson the Diamondbacks second baseman has taken over the NL home run lead with eight which matches the eight home runs he hit in 2009.
Johnson hit eight home runs in 303 at bats for the Braves in 2009 but has already hit eight in only 70 at bats in 2010.
One of the early surprises of the 2010 season is that the Dodgers are 8-13 and are last place in the NL West and 3-7 in their last 10 games.
A year ago today the Washington Nationals were 5-15 and 7 1/2 games behind the first place Marlins. Today they are 12-10 and are a game behind the first place Mets in the NL East.
The red hot Mets are the hottest team in the majors with a seven game winning streak and are 9-1 in their last 10 games….The Athletics are hanging on to a precarious half game lead over the second place Angels, a one game lead over the third place Mariners and a 1 1/2 game lead over the last place Rangers in the AL West.
The slumping Braves are in last place in the NL East after losing eight straight games. They have scored only 13 runs in those losses. They are 28th in the majors in batting with a .227 average and also are in 28th in home runs with only 12 while the only worse teams are the Mariners with nine and the Astros with eight.
The Trevor Hoffman meltdown continued yesterday in Milwaukee when he gave up another ninth inning homer to Ryan Doumit who had hit a grand slam homer off of Hoffman the day before as the Pirates topped the Brewers 6-5 in 14 innings. It was the major league leading fourth blown save for Hoffman who blew four saves in the 2009 season.
The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the majors so far with a 16-5 record and .762 winning percentage. They lead the majors in runs scored with 131 and are third in least runs allowed with 72. The Rays also have the largest run differential with 59 more runs scored than their opponents have scored against them.