Ubaldo Jimenez's long-standing pattern of inconsistency continued into the 2015 season. He had a solid first half, posting a 2.81 ERA, but in his post-break starts, that mark ballooned to 5.63, as he struggled with control. Though Jimenez still occasionally shows signs of his prowess from his days with the Rockies, the fact remains that has only one season with a post-4.00 ERA out of his last five. The promise of greater upside makes Jimenez worth a flier in deeper mixed leagues, but he's only a must-draft option in AL-only formats.
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered five hits, three earned runs and three walks over six innings against the Yankees on Saturday. He struck out seven but did not factor into the decision. Jimenez wrapped up the 2015 campaign with a strong September, going 3-1 for the month with a solid 3.23 ERA over six starts. Saturday's performance also marked the third consecutive quality start for the veteran, as well as the third time over the last four outings that he did not give up a homer. Jimenez turned in a productive season for the Orioles overall, doubling his win total from 2014 and lowering his BB/9 rate from an awful 5.53 to an still-elevated but more respectable 3.33
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9) surrendered only three hits and one run (unearned) in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Nationals. He gave up five walks but also struck out five. Jimenez turned in his most dominant performance since an Aug. 8 blanking of the Angels, although his control was typically spotty. The five free passes Jimenez handed out Tuesday were his second-highest total in a game this season. The walks also helped bring about the second-highest pitch count in a game for the veteran right-hander in 2015, with his 110 offerings on Tuesday eclipsed only by the 118 he threw in the aforementioned, eight-inning shutout of Anaheim. Jimenez will attempt to tie his third-highest victory total in a season (13) in his next start which will come against the Red Sox next Sunday.
Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's 6-5 defeat of the Red Sox, surrendering six hits, four earned runs and three walks in five innings. He also struck out four. Jimenez was relatively sharp in spite of the trio of free passes, throwing 58 of his 91 pitches for strikes and managing to secure first-pitch strikes on an impressive 16 of 24 batters that he faced. He also managed to stay away from the long ball against a potent Red Sox lineup, making the second time in his last three starts he has not surrendered a gopher ball after yielding one in four consecutive starts to close out August. Jimenez sports an 11-9 record in 2015, but once again likely hampered his chances for a better mark with a 1.37 WHIP rate that is right in line with his career number of 1.36 in that category.
The fading Orioles are fading to some degree because starter Ubaldo Jimenez has faded away. He continued to fade Saturday night in Texas. Jimenez again failed to make it through six innings, going 5 2/3 and allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and three whiffs. He has just two wins since June 28 as his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.81 to 4.34. Jimenez gave up three runs in the third on a double by Shin-Soo Choo and blast by Adrian Beltre and another in the sixth on another double, this one off the bat of Bobby Wilson.
The maddeningly inconsistent Ubaldo Jimenez didn't need much time to turn victory into defeat for the Orioles on Monday night in Kansas City. Jimenez was cruising along through five innings, then managed just two more outs before he was out. He finished having yielded seven runs on 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts. The right-hander with the complicated windup and delivery gave up the cycle in the sixth. A two-run homer by Eric Hosmer tied the game and three-run triple to light-hitting Omar Infante gave the Royals a lead they would not relinquish. Jimenez has managed just two quality starts over his last nine outings, during which time his ERA has soared from 2.81 to a season-high 4.26.