Jimenez recorded his eighth hold of the season in Thursday's win over the Mariners by striking out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning.
Jimenez was electric, as he struck out Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy on 14 pitches. The 23-year-old had a 3.71 ERA only 10 days ago, but he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last five appearances (4.2 innings), which has lowered that mark to 2.91. Jimenez also has 22 strikeouts in 21.2 innings this season.
Jimenez worked an inning of relief in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers, striking out the side without allowing a baserunner to lower his season ERA to 3.50.
Jimenez started the season with 9.2 scoreless innings but he's been more shaky recently, as he came into Wednesday having allowed seven earned runs over his last 7.1 innings. The 23-year-old is still figuring things out at the MLB level, so expect some more inconsistency moving forward, The talent is there, however, which he displayed by mowing down the side on just 12 pitches in this one.
Jimenez has started the season by allowing zero earned runs (one unearned) through his first 8.2 innings of work. The 23-year-old has a 2-0 record with two holds and should continue to see high leverage situations for the Tigers.
Jimenez grabbed his second hold of the season in Tuesday's win over the Orioles, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He hasn't allowed a run through his first 7.2 innings of work this year.
So far, Jimenez looks like a completely different pitcher than the one who posted a 12.32 ERA and 2.11 WHIP in 19 innings last season. The 23-year-old had a good spring training and he's carrying that over to the regular season. Shane Greene has performed reasonably well as Detroit's closer, but Jimenez is the closer of the future for the Tigers, and they could turn to him at some point during an expected rebuilding season.
Jimenez (1-0) picked up his first MLB win Thursday against the White Sox after tossing a perfect inning of relief.
Jimenez has yet to allow a run through his first four appearances (3.1 innings) this season. This is an encouraging sign for a player who posted a 12.32 ERA in his rookie season last year. The Tigers will likely continue turning to Jimenez in high-leverage situations, and he's a potential option to close at some point this season.
|5/20/2018 vs Seattle|
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 13 |
| 14 |
| 15 |
| 16 |
| 17 |
| 18 |
| 20 |
| 21 |
| 22 |
| 23 |
| 24 || 25 |
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||5||1||1.47||40||0||0||0||17||43.0||23||8||7||2||0||11||61|
|2016||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||0||0||0.00||17||0||0||0||10||17.1||5||0||0||0||2||5||28|
|2016||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||0||1||2.30||17||0||0||0||8||15.2||9||5||4||1||0||4||16|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||0||0||0.00||1||1||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|2017||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||1||1||1.44||26||0||0||0||4||25.0||19||4||4||1||0||12||36|