MLB Network ran another one of its “Top 10 Right Now” programs last night and this time the subject was starting pitchers.
When I saw that MLBN was going to do these countdowns by position I figured only two Rockies would make a list; Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop and Carlos Gonzalez at one of the corner outfield positions. There aren’t any other Rockies deserving of a “top 10 right now” type of label.
When the starting pitchers list aired I was curious if Ubaldo Jimenez might snag the ninth or tenth position on the list. He does have a lightning fastball, a no hitter last year and was being compared to Bob Gibson and other amazing single pitching seasons after his smoking hot first few months of 2010.
The 10 best pitchers right now according to MLBN are:
10. Josh Johnson
9. Justin Verlander
8. Adam Wainwright
7. Cliff Lee
6. David Price
5. Jon Lester
4. C.C. Sabathia
3. Tim Lincecum
2. Felix Hernandez
1. Roy Halladay
Ubaldo did make the just missed list which included pitchers like Zack Greinke, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Trevor Cahill and a few other really good pitchers. Just to show how good a pitcher had to be to make this list, Jered Weaver didn’t make the list and he led the major leagues in strikeouts last year.
All in all I don’t have a lot of beef with who made their list. I can’t believe Lee and Johnson weren’t higher on the list, but those are 10 really good pitchers. I think the lists should be proportionate to the number of players playing that position in baseball. There are only 30 first basemen, catchers or any other position players, but there are 150 starting pitchers, at least, every year. The starting pitchers list should be at least the top 20, in which Ubaldo would certainly make that list.
At one point during the airing either Dan Pleasac or Casey Blake said they had two pitchers in mind in which their stats were a bit misleading and they should make this list. I was hoping they were going to say that Ubaldo should have made the list because the same bias that Rockies hitters get in the eye of baseball fans across the country should also make Ubaldo’s statistics more impressive. Instead he talked about Clay Buchholz and Cain.
Here’s hoping Ubaldo has more great seasons in his future to get more respect.