Ubaldo Jimenez has pitched worse each successive time he has faced the Kansas City Royals this year heading into his fourth such outing.
Kansas City has to like its chances of avoiding a sweep by Jimenez's Cleveland Indians with James Shields on the mound.
The visiting Royals have had trouble hitting Jimenez this year but they have won eight straight outings by Shields heading into Sunday's matchup.
Jimenez (7-4, 4.37 ERA) is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts against Kansas City (43-48), beginning with seven outstanding innings in a 9-0 road win April 29.
He failed to receive decisions in the next two, allowing two runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-3 victory June 18 and giving up four runs over five-plus frames in a 10-7 loss July 4.
Jimenez's walk total has increased from two to four to five in those starts, and he owns an AL-worst walks per nine innings ratio of 4.85.
The right-hander is limiting the Royals to a .131 average - the lowest among teams that have faced him this year. T...