No Fastball + No Strikes = No Good For Ubaldo
After arguably his best start in an Indians uniform last weekend, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched his way to an early exit on Friday night against the Tigers in a 7-5 loss. The right-hander took his fourth loss of the season while only pitching into the fourth inning despite throwing over 80 pitches.
His problem was throwing strikes as he only threw 50 of his 85 pitches (59%) within the zone. Since Jimenez doesn’t have nearly the same velocity he had back in Colorado, he relies command and pitch location to be effective. So far, he’s struggled in making the transition from a power pitcher to a “stuff” pitcher. His unconventional pitching mechanics don’t make adjusting much easier for Jimenez or his pitching coaches. He’s made some improvements so far this season, but has still had struggles with inconsistency.
In addition to command and location, pitch selection was also an issue for Jimenez on Friday as he tended to shy away from his fastball at...