Signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a $50 million deal last winter did not impede the Orioles march to the AL East title. But it wasn’t a good move either, and now the O’s are trying to do some damage control:
It’s hard to imagine someone actually wanting Jimenez in and of himself. Rather, it’d probably be a good “bad contract for bad contract” sort of deal, preferably from a team that has a bum bat in a pitchers park that would do well to move to Camden Yards while providing Jimenez with a more Jimenez-friendly situation.
Like, I dunno, a park that is 500 feet below sea level with 500 foot power alleys and a marine layer that rolls in at about noon each day.
Astros starter Gerrit Cole dominated the Athletics on Monday night, limiting them to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. It marked his 12th start out of 22 this season with double-digit strikeouts, giving him 205 total on the season.
It is no surprise, then, to hear that Cole is the second-fastest in baseball history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Cole got there in 133 1/3 innings. The only pitcher faster than Cole was Randy Johnson, who reached 200 K’s in 130 2/3 innings back in 2001 with the Diamondbacks.
Along with the 205 strikeouts, Cole holds an 11-5 record with a 3.03 ERA across 136 2/3 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Charlie Morton (2.61), Mike Minor (2.86), José Berríos (2.96), and teammate Justin Verlander (2.99) have a better ERA than Cole, who has twice finished in the top-five in Cy Young Award voting.