Ubaldo Jimenez turns in just enough strong starts to make fans hope they may finally be getting the top-of-the-rotation starter the Indians thought they were trading for in the middle of last season, but instead he continues to be somewhere between “enigma” and “really bad pitcher.”
After his latest clunker versus the Rays yesterday his ERA is up to 5.24 on the season. Toss in his 5.10 ERA in 11 starts for Cleveland following the trade from Colorado last July and Jimenez has the following totals with the Indians:
30 starts, 5.18 ERA, 175 innings, 146 strikeouts, 94 walks, 24 homers allowed.
Jimenez was amazing in the first half of 2010, going 15-1 with a 2.20 ERA, but since then he’s started 66 games with a 4.63 ERA and seems to be getting further from his one-time ace potential as his strikeouts fall, his walks rise, and miles per hour remain missing from his fastball. Jimenez’s average fastball clocked in at 96.1 mph in 2009 and 2010, but fell to 93.5 mph last year and 92.5 mph this year.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.