Orioles striking out so far with Ubaldo Jimenez
You can place this in the “way too early to tell” category, but the early returns for the Orioles 4 year, $50 million investment in Ubaldo Jimenez have been poor to say the least. After Monday’s loss to the New York Yankees, Jimenez has dropped to 0-2 on this young season, with some eye opening stats to go along with his record. Against New York, Jimenez lasted only 4.2 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 earned runs. His control was at times wild, giving up 5 walks to Yankee hitters. He didn’t fair all that much better in his season and Orioles debut, allowing 4 earned runs including 2 home runs in 6.0 innings of work.
You can do the math yourself, but these numbers do not add up to a pitcher who is earning an average of $12.5 million a year. Have I even mentioned his current 6.75 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, or .310 batting average against?
All is not lost however for the Orioles and their shiny new acquisition. Jimenez has a career 10-10 record in April with a 5.02 ERA, so a slow start is not at all uncommon for the 30 year old Dominican. Last season, Jimenez was 1-2 in April with a 7.13 ERA, but managed to turn his season around to finish 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA. Over his career, Ubaldo has a 72-67 record with a 3.68 ERA.
A lot of numbers being thrown at you, but what they all mean is that a slow start to the season for Ubaldo Jimenez is not at all surprising and should not be a cause of concern to the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles will be hoping for a repeat of last season, where he was able to shake off his shaky April to allow only more than 3 earned runs twice during his final 28 starts. The Orioles and their fans, however, can’t wait for the calendar to turn to May.
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