Ubaldo Jimenez's 2017 was a microcosm of his entire Orioles career: he was a consistently inconsistent pitcher with flashes of competence sprinkled in amid long stretches of rocky outings. He had 15 starts go 5.0 innings or fewer and six starts go 4.0 innings or fewer as he notched a career-worst 6.81 ERA and gave up a whopping 33 home runs over 142.2 innings. While his FIP checked in over a full point lower than his ERA, it was still an unsightly 5.58, so the "bad luck" argument wouldn't really apply here. Jimenez is now a 33-year-old free agent without the upside to warrant landing a major-league deal. His status as a durable veteran could garner him a non-roster invitation to a spring training, but it'd be something of a surprise if Jimenez opened the season in a major-league rotation.
Jimenez won't start in any of the Orioles' three games against the Rays before the regular season comes to a close, MLB.com reports. Manager Buck Showalter will go with a four-man rotation for the Orioles' five-game week, leaving no room for Jimenez or Chris Tillman. Jimenez, who was lit up for six runs over three innings in his last outing Sept. 22, carries a 6-11 record, 6.81 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 142.2 frames on the season. He'll be a free agent this offseason and may struggle to garner more than a minor-league deal given his immense struggles during his four seasons in Baltimore.
Jimenez (6-11) allowed six runs on eight hits while striking out three across three innings to take the loss Friday against the Rays. Jimenez gave up a pair of homers in the early going, leading to his early exit while never giving the Orioles a chance to compete in this contest. With a 6.81 ERA on the season, he's likely not being utilized by many teams playing this late in the fantasy season. He'll make his next start Sunday against the Rays.
Jimenez (6-10) tossed five one-run innings to earn the win Sunday against the Yankees, allowing three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Jimenez gave up a solo home run to Didi Gregorious in the second inning, but he settled down and cruised to one of his best outings in recent memory. He threw just 54 percent of his pitches for strikes and induced just two groundball outs, but his ability to finish off hitters helped him to a successful outing. After briefly moving to the bullpen, Jimenez seems set to finish the season in the rotation and has strung together a couple of respectable outings ahead of Friday's matchup with the Rays.
Jimenez (5-10) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks across five innings to earn the loss Monday against the Blue Jays. He struck out five. Jimenez allowed a pair of runs on three hits in the second inning before yielding a solo home run in the fourth. He threw a respectable number of strikes, but the veteran paid the price for his wavering command in the form of four extra-base hits. Jimenez worked out of the bullpen in his previous appearance, but this start was an improvement over the last three times he got the nod. He could remain in the rotation for Friday's start against the Yankees.
Jimenez allowed six runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three batters through 2.2 innings during Wednesday's win over Seattle. He didn't factor into the decision. The veteran righty has now allowed 17 runs through just 12 innings over his past three starts and is up to a 6.85 ERA and 1.60 WHIP for the campaign. Those numbers aren't helping many fantasy owners, and Jimenez should be viewed as a risky option in all settings moving forward. He projects to make his next start against the Yankees at Camden Yards.