UJ is an enigma for sure. When he's good, he is near unhittable. When bad, he's down 5-0 or 7-0 in the 2nd inning. There is no in-between. With that complicated Rube Goldberg delivery, one tiny step out-of-kilter destroys him. ..
That's of course why he's (overall) a much bigger liability than he is an asset. People get sucked in by the flashes of "Oh my God, he's found it, this is 20 game winner stuff we're watching!"
But he invariably regresses back to "pouring gasoline on a camp fire" state for way more outings... and they throw away more games than reasonable waiting to win the lottery again. And I don't think I'll ever quite get over Buck literally throwing away a potential playoff run with the season-ending / playoff-ending run on 3rd, with Ubaldo on the mound while strikeout / groundball expert Britton rots away sitting in the bullpen. But Ubaldo pitched well for a few games at the end of the year. You can bet the whole warehouse that if he had stunk it up late in the season, Buck would have gone with Britton there. Instead he did enough to restore their faith in him... right to a wild-card loss.
Give me a guy who is a good bet to go 5 to 7, giving up 2 to 4 most nights, and I'll have at least a CHANCE to win in every one of those games. They can keep the guy who pitches lights out 2 games, and then faces a 5-0 deficit by the 2nd or 3rd inning in 8 of his next 10 starts.
Edited by Ravens2006, 20 April 2017 - 11:15 AM.
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