The Indians had a scheduled off day Monday, their second in five days. The break allowed Cleveland to use a four-man rotation during that period, and it was telling which pitcher was skipped.
The choice was Ubaldo Jimenez, who at the start of the season was considered to be the No. 1-A starter behind Opening Day starter Justin Masterson. Team officials believed that Masterson and Jimenez were both potential aces.
That hasn't been the case with either pitcher, but especially Jimenez, whose performance in the first two months of the season was exasperating.
In 10 starts, Jimenez is 5-4 with a 5.79 ERA. He is averaging nearly seven walks per nine innings and he leads the American League in walks (42) and wild pitches (seven). In his past four starts, Jimenez has a 8.85 ERA, lasting just four and 4 13 innings in two of those outings.
So when the Indians had a chance to go with four starting pitchers over the weekend, it was a very easy decision on the odd man out. Jimenez will start Tue...