Looking to gain a series split against division rival Detroit, the Indians entered Wednesday’s game hoping for a repeat of their May 11 game against the Tigers, where Ubaldo Jimenez outdueled Justin Verlander en route to a 7-6 win. In that start against the Tigers, Jimenez went six innings giving up just one run. He hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a start since April 21st.
The Whole Nine
1. Just as I was starting to believe Jimenez had turned the corner, this game happens. Ubaldo lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and walking three. Jimenez struggled with his control again at times and the Tigers got on him early and often. This start will get magnified because it’s Jimenez, but this is just one start, and he’s had four good ones previously. I’m more interested in where he goes from here, instead of lamenting this start.
2. The starts of Jimenez and Scott Kazmir this last week remind us that while it looks like the Indians have a full...