Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/26/12

The quality of Ubaldo Jimenez's pitches are usually as much of a problem as the quantity.

The big right-hander again ran into a high pitch count Wednesday in the Cleveland Indians' 8-2 loss the visiting Kansas City Royals. Jimenez pitched six innings, but he needed 113 pitches to do so, and he gave up a pair of two-run homers that gave Kansas City an early 4-0 lead.

In his last three starts, Jimenez has pitched five, six and six innings, and he has thrown 112, 107 and 113 pitches. His inability to pitch deep into games has been a problem since he came to Cleveland in a trade with the Colorado Rockies in the middle of the 2011 season.

Five or six innings has usually been his limit mostly because of his high pitch counts and inability to have quick, economical innings. An example was the first inning Wednesday night.

Jimenez threw eight pitches and walked the first batter he faced. He went on to face seven batters and throw a whopping 30 pitches in the inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk.

The problem for Jimenez continues to be his inability to throw first-pitch strikes. He struggles to get ahead of hitters, and it frequently results in him falling behind in the count, which leads to longer at-bats, more pitches and more chances to make a mistake pitch, which frequently gets hit. That was the case again Wednesday night.

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