Baseball returned to Cleveland yesterday. Optimism surrounding the Indians was in the air and everywhere to be seen downtown. That is, until Ubaldo Jimenez fell into a familiar set of bad habits, and a familiar face crashed the annual party.
Don't let an average spring and one start fool you. This is still the same Jimenez that we have seen before. He continued to be a mechanical disaster, as evidenced by a number of bounced pitches - both straight and breaking - early on in this game. He didn't have a feel for any one pitch, and anything that did manage to find its way around the zone tended to get hit hard and far.
It also didn't help that Jimenez's velocity was down from the first start in Toronto. He was sitting 89-91, as opposed to 92-94 then. Whether he is traded, released, or moved to the bullpen, I firmly believe that the Indians' number two starter will not finish this season in the Indians rotation.
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