When the Baltimore Orioles signed Ubaldo Jimenez to a huge, four-year contract worth about $50 million this offseason, big things were expected from the 30 year old. Jimenez didn’t get off to the best of starts against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night, however, the Baltimore faithful shouldn’t be concerned.
In six innings pitched against the Red Sox, Jimenez gave up four runs, two home runs, walked three batters, struck out six, and gave up five hits; definitely not very encouraging numbers. Regardless, this performance isn’t something to be overly concerned about.
Over the course of Jimenez’s career, prior to Wednesday night, he’s started four games against the Red Sox, pitching to a 1-2 record with a dismal 11.72 ERA.
On Wednesday night, he pitched very well, despite giving up a pair of two-run homers. Last season with the Cleveland Indians, Jimenez allowed just 0.8 home runs per nine innings, so don’t expect performances like his debut to become the norm. The three walks is also nothing out of the ordinary for Jimenez; he’s known to strike a lot of batters out due to his movement, but that same movement also amounts to a lot of walks. Over the course of his career, Jimenez has walked 4.0 batters per nine innings, but he’s also struck out 8.3 batters per nine innings.
So, what Orioles fans saw on Wednesday night is a typical Jimenez outing (lots of strikeouts, a fair amount of walks, but not a lot of hits), mixed in with a little bad luck. If Jimenez had kept the ball in the yard, the Orioles would probably be 2-0, but instead they’re 1-1. No big deal.