The Cleveland Indians believe they have an ace to their pitching staff.
Now Indians’ General Manager Chris Antonetti and President Mark Shapiro will hope Ubaldo Jimenez will perform like he did in 2010 rather than 2011 to date.
On Saturday night, the Indians acquired Jimenez for pitching prospects Alex White, Joe Gardner and Drew Pomeranz as well as first baseman Matt McBride.
Jimenez was sensational in 2010, going 19-8 with a 2.88 earned run average with 214 strikeouts. But in 2011, he is only 6-9 with an earned run average of 4.46. I know Coors Field in Denver is a very difficult baseball stadium to hit and benefits batters, but Jimenez has simply not pitched up to his abilities this season.
The trade came as no surprise to baseball analysts when Jimenez was pulled from his poor start for the Colorado Rockies last night. He had given up four runs in the first inning to the San Diego Padres in 10-6 loss.
The Indians are currently 53-51, and a game and a half back of the American League Central Division leading Detroit Tigers.