Jimenez (2-2) allowed a run on two hits and a walk to take the loss in Tuesday's 5-4, 11-inning defeat to the Marlins. Jimenez started the top of the 11th inning off with a strikeout and a groundout. Things changed quickly for the righty, however, as he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas followed by a double to Chad Wallach that brought home the run from first. Jimenez used a good start in 2018 to make the AL All-Star team, but he's been more sluggish out of the gate this year, as he now has a 4.19 ERA through 21 appearances.
Jimenez (2-1) blew the save Saturday against the Twins, allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout and a walk in one inning of work, but he picked up the win when the Tigers took the lead in the top of the ninth inning. Jimenez was supposed to be the bridge to closer Shane Greene in the eighth inning, but C.J. Cron's solo homer tied the game. The outing raised Jimenez's season ERA to 4.70.
Jimenez has given up three runs while striking out 15 over his last 11 appearances spanning 9.1 innings. After serving up three runs in one inning in his second appearance of the season March 31 to get tagged with a blown save, Jimenez has asserted himself as the clear top setup option for closer Shane Greene. Along with the big strikeout totals, Jimenez has already racked up six holds, giving him an added boost in leagues that count that statistic as a category. With Greene going a perfect 12-for-12 in his save opportunities to date, Jimenez isn't a serious threat for the ninth-inning role yet. That said, Greene is a prime candidate to get moved ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, assuming the 13-15 Tigers gradually fade from the playoff picture.
Jimenez allowed two hits but pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Royals to record a hold. Jimenez allowed three earned runs in his second appearance of the season, but the 24-year-old has otherwise kept the opponent off the board in five games this season, and he has three holds to show for it. Detroit closer Shane Greene is off to an amazing start, with seven saves and a 0.00 ERA through 10 team games, so Jimenez is unlikely to supplant the incumbent anytime soon, though Greene is a trade candidate if the Tigers begin to struggle.
Jimenez pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a walk and two strikeouts to earn a hold in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Yankees. Jimenez now has a hold and a win this season, and he's held the opponent scoreless in three of his four appearances. However, he allowed three earned runs in his other appearance, which has his ERA inflated to 6.75. The 24-year-old should continue to serve as the setup man to closer Shane Greene, and figures to be next in line for save opportunities if Greene is traded at any point this season.