The Baltimore Orioles opened up their spring schedule on Tuesday by taking on the Detroit Tigers and falling 15-2. Pitching was pretty abysmal for the Orioles on Tuesday, including their $50 million man Ubaldo Jimenez, but one spring start does not predict the future.
Jimenez struggled mightily in 2014, his first season with the Birds after signing a four-year, $50 million deal, the richest ever for a free agent by the Orioles. Other than a few starts, the season was pretty much a failure for the right hander. He posted a 6-9 record with a 4.81 ERA, and 1.516 WHIP in 25 appearances (22 starts).
Command was obviously the issue for Jimenez. He allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings, 5.5 walks per nine innings and hit four batters as well.
Jimenez and pitching coach Dave Wallace worked on some mechanical changes in his delivery and some positive results began to show in September of 2014. In three appearances (two starts), Jimenez posted a 3.27 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 11 innings, while striking out 12 and holding opponents to a .128 batting average.Read more... Join the Conversation...