Originally posted on BuckeyeBanter.com  |  Last updated 5/12/12

Ubaldo Jimenez #30 of the Cleveland Indians throws against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park May 11, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hannahan was out on the play. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Last night against the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians’ starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez lasted just 4-1/3 innings while throwing a whopping 99 pitches to 28 batters. Of those 99, just 58 landed in the strike zone. Jimenez surrendered seven runs on nine hits with four strikeouts, five walks and a hit batsmen as the Tribe lost 7-5 at Fenway Park.

In seven starts so far this season, Jimenez is 3-3 with 5.18 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has worked 40.0 innings while allowing 23 earned runs, 41 hits and an astronomically high 30 base on balls to go along with 24 strikeouts.

Once thing you can say, he’s consistently inconsistent. In his last start against the Texas Rangers this past Sunday, Jimenez pitched seven shutout innings, yielding just two hits to earn the win. He had six strikeouts, but also had five walks.

It should also be noted that Jimenez fares much better at Progressive Field than on the road. While he’s thrown exactly 20.0 innings both at home and away, Jimenez has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in Cleveland, while he has posted a 7.65 ERA and 2.55 WHIP outside of Ohio.

With his herky-jerky motion to the plate, Jimenez’s pitches are all over the place. But there’s not much the Indians can do, other than to keep him in the starting rotation and constantly work on his mechanics, among other things. Since Jimenez has three-plus years of service and no longer has any options, the Indians cannot send him down to the minors. He can be designated for assignment, which could mean another Major League team could pick him up off waivers. Or maybe somehow the Tribe’s medical staff can find something wrong with him physically to put him on the disabled list.

Other than that, the fans of the Wahoo Warriors can only hope that Jimenez returns to his 2010 form when he went 19-8 with an 2.88 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Also that year, Jimenez pitched 221.2 innings with 214 strikes and 92 walks in 33 starts for the Colorado Rockies.

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