Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Ubaldo Jimenez’s success of late has been well documented and his transition from a guy who may not have the Indians pick up his mutual option to a top five free agent arm has happened in a heartbeat. One could quickly point to his elevated velocity, strikeout rate, location or reduced walk rate as core reasons for his improvement. In each case one would be entirely correct. One of the positive externalities of Ubaldo’s progression in locating his fastball and secondary offerings has been his improved ability to pitch deep into games. Since July 22, Ubaldo Jimenez has averaged over six and a third innings per start, which with a solid but unspectacular bullpen has been a godsend. The increased pitch efficiency has a direct correlation to walk rate. It has suppressed his WHIP, pitches per batter faced, and increased contact made on pitches outside the strike zone. Which as we know is generally a decreased quality of contact causing BABIP deflation as well as a greater frequency of tw...
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