Ubaldo Jimenez has certainly become a lightning rod for the Cleveland Indians, and I'm trying to get away from the trees here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
You know the M.O. when you hear his name. We traded two high commodity prospects for him. He has lost velocity. He can’t throw a strike. His delivery is terrible. He’s much too passive on the mound. There are too many moving parts.
On Tuesday night, all of that was in full evidence.
Jimenez went 1 2/3 innings, giving up two hits, seven earned runs, and five walks. His pitch count was at 59, and less than half of his pitches were strikes. He was terrible.
I know this isn’t an earth-shattering statement, but looking at Ubaldo Jimenez as an ace just isn’t realistic. What you can hope for from the Indians’ starter is that he can become a serviceable starter. You hope that he can find a way to make it through six innings. The fact is, at this point, you have to hope that he can make it through five innings.