10/11/07 6:07 PM ET
Pregame interview with Ubaldo Jimenez
Hard-throwing righty gets ready for the Diamondbacks
By / MLB.com
There's a lot of guys -- like most of the guys are talented. If you make mistakes, you're going to pay for it.So they have a little energy, and they're young. And they know like they're here because of a reason, because they're good. If you make a mistake you're going to pay for it. Being a young team, they are a fastball hitting team and a team that's not very patient. You are a guy who likes to rush it up there with your fastball. How patient are you going to have to be to not give them what they want knowing that's what you want to give them in terms of that fastball? UBALDO JIMENEZ: From the beginning, I had to like mix all my pitches, just not only throw my fastball, use most of my pitches since the beginning because like I told you, they're very good. If you make a mistake just like trying to throw a fastball, they're going to hit it. What was the key to your command in your last two starts? UBALDO JIMENEZ: Just being able to stay back and just focus on the catcher's mitt, just trying to throw the ball low in the strike zone. Don't try to strike everybody out. Your fastball, how much confidence do you have in your other pitches? UBALDO JIMENEZ: I feel good with my slide a lot. When I'm far behind the count I use it, 3 2 count. So I feel confident with that. Who do you consider the toughest out in this Arizona lineup? UBALDO JIMENEZ: Like I told you, there's, like in that lineup, there's a lot of guys that are really tough to get out. So I'm not going to try to take anything for granted, with those guys. They're pretty good most of the times.
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