Monday, May 3, 2010

Ubaldo Jimenez Named Pitcher of the Month

Bobby Valentine was in Japan too long.

Less than a week after he declared on Baseball Tonight that if the Cy Young had to be given out after a single month, the only two National League pitchers in the competition were the Mets Mike Pelfrey and the Phillies Roy Halladay.

Good thing Valentine's vote didn't count.

On Monday the league announced that Jimenez was the N.L. Pitcher of the Month for April. The award came as a surprise to only Valentine.

When the month was finished, the Dominican had nothing less than a 5-0 record, which included the Rockies first ever no-hitter, a 0.78 ERA, all while riding a club record 22-1/3 consecutive shutout inning streak.

This is only the second time that a Rockies pitcher has come away with the award, the last being Colorado native Shawn Chacon who received the award after a strong April in 2003.

Jimenez had an April that will be forever remembered by the Rockies and their fans, and gets his first chance to make a May to remember with his start in San Diego tonight.

The right-handed flame thrower is one of the biggest reasons why the Rockies had a decent April. Overall, the team finished a game under .500, not particularly a great start, but based on the April records that the team has posted over the last three years, a game below .500 is the equivalent of David defeating Goliath.

The Rockies look to build on their Sunday win with a game against the surprising San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Game time is 8:05 local time.

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