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Ubaldo Jimenez is still mostly terrible for the Indians

Jul 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Ubaldo Jimenez turns in just enough strong starts to make fans hope they may finally be getting the top-of-the-rotation starter the Indians thought they were trading for in the middle of last season, but instead he continues to be somewhere between “enigma” and “really bad pitcher.”

After his latest clunker versus the Rays yesterday his ERA is up to 5.24 on the season. Toss in his 5.10 ERA in 11 starts for Cleveland following the trade from Colorado last July and Jimenez has the following totals with the Indians:

30 starts, 5.18 ERA, 175 innings, 146 strikeouts, 94 walks, 24 homers allowed.

Jimenez was amazing in the first half of 2010, going 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA, but since then he’s started 66 games with a 4.63 ERA and seems to be getting further from his one-time ace potential as his strikeouts fall, his walks rise, and miles per hour remain missing from his fastball. Jimenez’s average fastball clocked in at 96.1 mph in 2009 and 2010, but fell to 93.5 mph last year and 92.5 mph this year.

  1. drewsylvania - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Jimenez for Pomeranz et al was dumb the moment it was agreed to.

    • gammagammahey - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I can’t believe that there was an “et al” to this trade either.

  2. troy10 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    throw in the fact they gave up another highly regarded prospect in Alex White.. and that makes this deal look even worse!! I didn’t like it when it happened.. and obviously still don’t.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I loved Jimenez when he was on top of his game. I even wanted the Yankees to make a move for him. I’m grateful that didn’t happen. I think his problems are mostly mechanical. He’s got a sloppy delivery. Really, it’s only injury or mechanics that can so quickly decrease velocity (age isn’t applicable here, IMO). If it was mental (confidence), he’d have the same velocity, but could be wild.

  4. jamesfield74 - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    so which one is stellar, white or pomeranz? which got busted for the dui?

    neither has been very good so the trade seems more a wash than the Indians getting burned. at least Jimenez has somewhat of a track record.

    • troy10 - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      yeah… not so much… I think White was the DUI… but… once a prospect gets traded.. I think more is expected of them.. .and they need to produce or their value takes hit. If Cleveland still had them… unless they were just putting up awful numbers….. they would still be considered pretty good prospects… which could be used this season for a bat or two.
      I know.. hindsight is…… but you could tell Jimenez was in a decline before the trade occurred. So, yes.. you’re right.. so far it doesn’t sting so much because neither Pomeranz or White has done anything too special… but they could have been used for pieces of other trades.

  5. dondada10 - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Sometimes it’s better to go year by year with pitchers rather then lock them up early. The league figures them out and they fail to readjust.

  6. pistolpete31 - Jul 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/ubaldo-jimenez-and-his-missing-96-mph-heater-a-mechanical-look/

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