Jimenez (5-4) allowed a run on two hits in Saturday's game against the Royals to register a blown save, but he picked up the win when the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth. While the win is nice, the poor outing continued a disturbing trend for Jimenez since he made his first All-Star Game appearance in July. In the second half, the 23-year-old reliever has a 7.58 ERA, and his season ERA has climbed from 2.72 to 4.21 in the process. The Tigers likely want Jimenez to step into the closer's role at some point, but his rough finish to the season has cast some doubt on his readiness for finishing games.
Jimenez (4-3) took the loss Friday against the White Sox. He retired just a single batter and allowed four earned runs on three hits a walk. Jimenez started the eighth inning with a strikeout, but he then allowed back-to-back singles, a walk and a double before getting the hook. The 23-year-old reliever, who made his first All-Star Game appearance in July, now has a 4.22 ERA for the season. He's really struggled since the All-Star break, as he's now allowed 12 earned runs over 10.1 innings of work.
Jimenez allowed two earned runs on a hit and two walks while retiring two batters in Saturday's win over the Twins. Jimenez was called on for his customary eighth inning, but he didn't get through the frame, as he allowed a two-run home run to Mitch Garver and then walked another hitter before departing in favor of Shane Greene, who nailed down a four-out save. After making his first All-Star Game appearance this season, Jimenez has really struggled following the break, as he now has an 8.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 10 appearances (nine innings).
Jimenez allowed two earned runs in an inning of work during Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Athletics. Jimenez came on for the eighth inning, and after hitting the second batter he faced, the 23-year-old reliever served up a two-run home run to Matt Olson. Jimenez has struggled a bit over his last 10 appearances, as he's allowed seven earned runs over 9.2 innings. He's seen his ERA climb from 1.98 to 3.35 in that time, though Jimenez has still shown a lot of improvement from last season, when he posted a miserable 12.32 ERA in 19 innings.
Jimenez recorded the hold in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Indians, as he worked around a walk to toss a scoreless eighth inning. A day after getting rocked for three runs in one-third of an inning, Jimenez pitched much better Saturday to earn his 14th hold of the season. The 23-year-old has a 3.11 ERA and 54 strikeouts across 46.1 innings this year, and he could take over as Detroit's closer if incumbent Shane Greene is traded before Tuesday's trade deadline.