Jimenez’s 2nd-half dominance in 2013 will lead to a big contract and an inflated ADP.
Heading into the 2013 season, nobody really expected much out of Ubaldo Jimenez. He’d just finished the worst season of his career, where he posted an awful 5.40 ERA and 1.61 WHIP to go along with a league leading 17 losses, and as 2013 unfolded it didn’t seem like much had changed. Jimenez allowed 15 runs in his first three starts, and by the All Star break his ERA was sitting at an ugly 4.56.
But in the second half of the season, something clicked.
Jimenez started pitching like it was 2010 again — the year he won 15 games before the break and finished third in Cy Young voting. Check out his first- and second-half splits. I promise I’m not lying to you. These came from the same pitcher.
Nobody in baseball this year had a bigger first/second-half difference in ERA t...