The Cleveland Indians are coming off a wild double-header against the Chicago White Sox Friday night. The Indians won the first game 19-10 and then were able to come from behind in the second game after scoring four runs in the ninth inning to win 9-8. Cleveland will now look to starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez in order to keep the streak alive.
Considering the Indians are only two games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central division, it is imperative they beat up on the White Sox, who have a 32-45 record.
Cleveland is confident Jimenez will be able to get the job done on Saturday when he takes the mound late in the afternoon. The fact that the right-hander has been dominating in his starts as of late certainly gives his teammates confidence that they can be victorious for the third time in as many tries against Chicago.
Jimenez is coming off several strong starts over the past month, with his most recent coming against the Baltimore Orioles. The 29-year-old allowed just two earned runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in his sixth win of the season. There is no question he was proud of his performance considering how talented the Orioles are.
“I’m very happy,” Jimenez said after the win. “The Orioles are a tough lineup. I got into some trouble and I was able to minimize the damage. It was good.”
Jimenez is 6-4 with a 4.58 earned run average and 77 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings this season.