Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 1 day ago

Jimenez did not allow a hit, walking three, and striking out two over 3.2 scoreless innings against Boston on Friday night.

The always entertaining but often frustrating Jimenez still has not allowed an earned run this season, but despite dominating early on in this start, he was denied any chance for a decision after being ejected for hitting Pablo Sandoval in the fourth inning.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 1 week ago

Jimenez tossed seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and walking one with eight strikeouts in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

The Jekyl and Hyde of pitchers, Jimenez delivered a very nice outing in his season debut while carrying over momentum from his strong Grapefruit League performance. Jimenez is available in a lot of leagues right now given his inconsistent track record, but he will prove to be a bargain if he keeps up at this pace.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 2 weeks ago

Jimenez will open the 2015 season as the Orioles' fifth starter, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Jimenez will effectively start Saturday's matchup against the Blue Jays, despite the fact that the team could have waited until April 15 to use a fifth starter. The 31-year-old had a 6-9 record through 22 starts for Baltimore last season, posting a solid 8.3 K/9 but a shaky 4.81 ERA. Through seven spring starts, the veteran right-hander allowed 13 earned runs over 26.1 innings. With Jimenez in the starting rotation, Kevin Gausman will be delegated to the bullpen to open the year.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 2 weeks ago

Jimenez allowed one run in four innings in his final spring start, MASN Sports reports.

It still appears Jimenez has locked up a spot in the rotation, though manager Buck Showalter did not commit to Jimenez Friday. He was hit on the ankle in Friday's game, but he remained in the game. Jimenez started spring wild but he finished strong. He had a 23::8 strikeout to walk ratio in 26.1 innings in the Grapefruit League.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 3 weeks ago

Jimenez held the Blue Jays to one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in Sunday's Grapefruit League game.

Jimenez remains consistently inconsistent. He started spring training cold but appears to be finishing hot and appears headed for a rotation spot. Jimenez should be slotted in the latter part of the rotation. He has now walked seven in 22.1 innings this spring, including just one in his last two starts combined.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 3 weeks ago

Jimenez appears headed to the rotation to begin the season, according to MASN Sports reports.

The Orioles invested too much in Jimenez not to use him as a starter and management wants to control the innings count for Kevin Gausman. If Jimenez does not perform, the two could swap their roles. Remember, Jimenez wound up in the bullpen in August last year when he failed to perform before making a couple of starts down the stretch to rest playoff starters. On the plus side, Jimenez is hot off five shutout innings in his last Grapefruit League appearance.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 4 weeks ago

Jimenez threw five shutout innings, allowed four hits with three strikeouts and no walks Tuesday against the Pirates.

Jimenez had been erratic this spring prior to Tuesday's outing and his overall spring line does not look good even after this performance. Overall, he has allowed 12 runs - 11 earned - on 18 hits with six walks and 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. However, he has gotten better as spring has progressed. There is no doubt after the first year the Orioles got a bad contract with Jimenez. Despite that, he has gotten a harder look than Kevin Gausman this spring. It seems Jimenez is the favorite to grab the last rotation spot.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 1 month ago

Jimenez allowed one run on two hits, walked three and struck out five in two-plus innings Sunday against the Twins. His fastball topped out at 92 mph, according to MASN Sports.

Jimenez was better than his disastrous first start, but it appears his wildness has not been cured by an adjustment in his delivery. It remains a three man race for two rotation spots, with Jimenez probably on the outside looking in at this point.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 2 months ago

Jimenez was wild in his first outing of the spring, allowing six runs - five earned - on two hits with two walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch Tuesday against the Tigers. "I thought stuff-wise he was pretty good," Showalter told MASN Sports. "In fact, he was probably ahead of where he was last year stuff-wise at this stage. I know what it looks like statistically ."

Showalter likely does not want to damage Jimenez's psyche after one spring start, but Jimenez certainly did himself no favors in attempting to win one of the last two spots in the rotation. Jimenez struggled with his rotation in 2014, with 77 walks in 125.1 innings, while his fastball dipped to 90.53 mph. He was in the low-90s in Tuesday's outing.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 2 months ago

Jimenez will start the first game of Baltimore's spring training season Tuesday, according to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com.

The Orioles likely want to take a long look at Jimenez, Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman as the three players battle for two spots in the rotation. Jimenez figures to land with the team in some capacity, even if it is the bullpen since Gausman and Gonzalez have minor league options. Jimenez was effectively benched in September before making a couple of late starts when the division lead was well in hand. He made an adjustment in his delivery that the team seemed pleased with, but he was still left off the roster. When it rains, it pours with Jimenez. His control remains the key. Jimenez could have a 3.94 BB/IP like 2013 with Cleveland or a 5.53 BB/9 like last year with the Orioles.