Jimenez is now 8-1 with a 0.99 ERA.
His hot start has already generated cautious comparisons to some of the all-time greats. ESPN compared Jimenez's numbers through 9 starts to Bob Gibson's 1968 season for ST. Louis, which is widely considered to be among the best seasons by a pitcher in the modern era.
While--as ESPN notes--all historical comparisons this early in the season are limited, Jimenez has actually been better through the first quarter of the season than even Gibson in '68. Gibson was just 3-4 with a--still impressive 1.34 era--through his first 9 starts in his best season.
ESPN points out that Jimenez becomes just the 5th pitcher to win 8 of his first 9 starts and have an ERA of under 1.00. The last was Cy Young winner Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.