When the Baltimore Orioles gave Ubaldo Jimenez a four-year contract worth $50 million, they must have been confident in Jimenez’s ability, but throughout all of April he failed to show the fans what the front office saw. The Baltimore faithful was growing tired of Jimenez’s slow start.
Prior to Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins the Orioles’ tall right-hander had awful numbers, he entered the start with a 0-4 record and a 6.59 ERA. Even though Jimenez has always been a slow starter, the fans were worried. Now, into the month of May, Jimenez has calmed everyone’s nerves. For now at least.
Against the Twins on Friday night, Jimenez had his best game of the season. Jimenez finally showed everyone why the Orioles signed him to such a huge contract. In 7.1 innings pitched, he allowed zero runs on only three hits while striking out 10 batters and walking only one batter.
In Ubaldo Jimenez’s first start in an Orioles uniform, not in the month of April, he dominated. Jimenez showed great command of his pitches and he used his nasty stuff to get himself out of any jams that he got himself into. While it may only be one start this is a great sign for the Orioles and their fans.
If Jimenez’s latest start is a sign of things to come, then the rest of the AL East better take notice; the Orioles are getting hot.