SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ubaldo Jimenez understands reality, about himself and about the Cleveland baseball team.
The Indians generated a ton of optimism this offseason by bringing in free agents and adding parts -- including a World Series manager. But a good part of an important group left basically unchanged was the starting rotation.
That would be the rotation that a year ago was 48-76 with a 5.25 ERA.
"I think," Jimenez said Thursday before the Indians played the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Field, "myself and some of the other pitchers have to step up. Because they went and got some good hitters.
"Now it's our turn to make this thing work."
It is no stretch at all to say that as the Indians rotation goes, so will go the team.
The lineup added Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and Mark Reynolds. Terry Francona brings credibility in the dugout. The bullpen is excellent.
The one question mark when spring training started remains the question mark: The starting rotation.