The Cleveland Indians will look to starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to help even the series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday night. The right-hander has posted back-to-back wins and will be looking to continue his success when he takes the same mound as Justin Verlander.
Jimenez is 2-0 with a 2.06 earned run average, 16 strikeouts and a .180 opponent’s batting average in his last three starts. Hopefully, it is a sign that he is starting to figure it out after he surrendered 17 earned runs in his three outings prior to April 29.
“It feels good,” Jimenez said, according to Indians.com. “It feels good to be able to go out there and compete and give your team a chance to win.”
Even though the Tigers defeated the Indians 10-4 in the series opener Friday night, Cleveland is confident they can hang with the defending American League champions. The Indians rode a four-game win streak into Friday’s contest, and they are not about to let one loss derail their confidence. However, they will have to get past one of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball if they want to get back on track.
Verlander has given up only two earned runs in 21 innings over his last three starts. He certainly has the stuff to shut down Cleveland’s offense completely, which means Jimenez will have to provide the confidence with his solid play. There is no question the 29-year-old is capable of dominating at the same level Verlander, he just cannot get too far ahead of himself on the mound.
Jimenez is 2-2 with a 6.37 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings this season.