Slowly, very slowly, Ubaldo Jimenez seems to be figuring some things out. The Indians pitcher, of whom much is expected this season, picked up the win Friday night in the Indians' 4-3 victory over the Oakland A's.
It was hardly a dominating performance, but it was good enough, against one of the least formidable lineups in the American League. Jimenez pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits.
The problem in his start Friday, and in most of his starts since joining the Indians following a midseason trade last year, was Jimenez's pitch count. Friday night he needed 107 pitches to get through six innings. He walked five and has now allowed 11 walks in 18 innings in three starts.
Indians officials have tried to get Jimenez to use his fastball more to get ahead of hitters, but Jimenez fell behind hitters consistently in the early innings Friday. He did settle down in his last couple of innings, and the bullpen was able to preserve the win.
Through his first three starts t...