Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 3, 2013

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast is not so much a Sunday Request as it is a Sunday Response.

Andrés du Bouchet is one of the funniest and most talented comedic minds currently breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide on the planet Earth. As an Emmy nominated writer and frequent performer on Conan, his brilliant comedic imagination and performing style can be seen on national TV.

And I had the privilege of seeing him as a sketch performer in the late 1990s and 2000s in venues all around New York.

A big sports fan and a lifelong Mets supporter, Andrés went to Twitter to question the adoration of David Ortiz after the 2013 World Series.

If he were a Yankee fan, I’d chalk it up to sour grapes and remind him that Andy Pettitte was practically deified in September.

But I decided to actually respond, not as a Red Sox fan, but as a baseball observer. Why does David Ortiz and Andy Pettitte get off Scott Free while the likes of A-Rod have to fight for their baseball lives.

My conclusion is that PED’s don’t really enter into the thought process.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – November 3, 2013

November 3, 2013

Andres DuBouchet joins the Sully Baseball Show

The brilliant Andres DuBouchet, Emmy nominated writer for Conan and the creator of the brilliant comedy CD “Naked Trampoline Hamlet” stopped by The Sully Baseball Show podcast tonight.

It is the second hour of the Seamheads block on Monday night after What’s On Second, the flagship show of the Seamheads National Podcasting Network.

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Wow… Ubaldo Jimenez is pretty good

Folks… THAT is what you call a statement game.

Jimenez comes into AT&T Park against Lincecum, throws the complete game shutout, goes to 10-1 with a sickening ERA of 0.78.

He’s the 15th pitcher to win 10 games before June 1 (Brandon Webb last did it in 2008) and 20 wins seems like a given now.

Could he be the first big league pitcher to win 25 or more since Bob Welch won 27 in 1990 for the A’s? No National League pitcher has won 25 since Steve Carlton in 1972… 38 years ago.

4 wins a month for the rest of the season will get him at 26.

5 wins a month? Well that will be 30 wins… but we won’t go there.

My friend, the brilliant writer Andres DuBouchet asked me if this was the best start to a season ever.

I can’t be 100% sure… Pedro Martinez had a sub 1.00 ERA in June in 2000 during the height of the steroid era. And one of his 2 losses by June was a complete game against Tampa where he let up 1 run and struck out 17.

Fernando Valenzuela started the 1981 season with 8 complete game victories. He was 9-2 on June 1st, all 9 victories complete games with a 1.90 ERA. Pretty damn good.

I say Jimenez is better than both Pedro and Fernando. He calls home Coors Field, which is almost unfair.

One thing IS for certain: He is well on his way to the best regular season in Rockies history!

Here are the Rockies regular season records in pitching categories compared to Jimenez’s current numbers:

Best ERA: 2.80 (Marvin Freeman, 1994)
Jimenez: 0.78

Most wins: 17 (Kevin Ritz, 1996, Pedro Astacio, 1999, Jeff Francis, 2007)
Jimenez: 10

Best WHIP: 1.207 (Marvin Freeman, 1994)
Jimenez: 0.90

Most innings pitched: 232 (Pedro Astacio, 1999)
Jimenez: 80 1/3

Most Strikeouts: 210 (Pedro Astacio, 1999)
Jimenez: 70

Most Complete Games: 7 (Pedro Astacio, 1999)
Jimenez: 2

Most Shutouts: 2 (Roger Bailey, 1997, Jason Jennings, 2006)
Jimenez: 2

Fewest Homeruns per 9 innings: 0.498 (Ubaldo Jimenez, 2008)
Jimenez: 0.1

Fewest hits per 9 innings: 7.555 (Ublaldo Jimenez, 2009)
Jimenez: 5.3

You get the point.
He’s rewriting his own team’s record book and throwing away the qualifier of adjusting his stats for Coors Field.

I am not sure it is the best start ever… but it’s damn good.
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