Jimenez allowed three earned runs on two hits while recording just two outs in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. Jimenez had looked a little better recently with a 3.86 ERA over his last six appearances (4.2 innings) entering play Thursday, but as has been the case too often this season, he was hit hard in the matinee. The former Detroit closer fell victim to two home runs, and he's now given up seven long balls in just 15 innings this year. With an ugly 10.80 ERA, Jimenez is likely to remain in a lower-leverage role for the Tigers, while Bryan Garcia, Jose Cisnero and Gregory Soto share save opportunities.
Jimenez (1-3) allowed an unearned run on one hit and took the loss in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins. Jimenez pitched the eighth inning of a 2-2 game, and because it was technically extra innings, Minnesota started the frame with a runner on second. A little seeing-eye single up the middle did Jimenez in, and he didn't get any help from center fielder Derek Hill, who bobbled the ball as he tried to come up firing to home. It's a tough-luck loss for the 25-year-old in a season that's been a disaster of late. Jimenez now has a 10.80 ERA, and he's on the outside looking in at the closer role in Detroit.
Jimenez (1-2) allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. He also hit two batters. Jimenez had little control in his brief appearance, and the bases-loaded sacrifice fly he allowed to Eric Sogard was enough to stick him with the loss. The 25-year-old Jimenez was pulled from the closer role a week ago and has only made three appearances since. In that span, he's allowed two runs in two innings. Jimenez has an 11.81 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 11 strikeouts across 10.2 innings this season. With no closing duties expected in his future, he's a non-factor in the fantasy game.
Jimenez is no longer the Tigers' closer, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The 25-year-old allowed seven runs in his past two outings and appeared during the sixth inning Wednesday, with manager Ron Gardenhire confirming the change after the game. Jimenez has a 12.46 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB through 8.2 innings this season and will look to get back on track in lower-leverage spots. Gregory Soto is a likely candidate to receive save chances based on matchups, though Jose Cisnero and Buck Farmer are also expected to be in the mix.
Jimenez allowed three earned runs on one hit and two walks while retiring a single batter in Sunday's 7-4 win over Cleveland. Jimenez got the ninth inning with the Tigers up 7-1, but he promptly walked the first two batters and then allowed a three-run home run to Greg Allen before getting pulled with one out. The 25-year-old is ostensibly still the closer in Detroit, but with an atrocious 12.46 ERA, it's hard to see manager Ron Gardenhire having much confidence in Jimenez moving forward. Buck Farmer would likely take the reins in the ninth inning if the team decides to make a switch.
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