Sep 15, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (31) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
#3 – Ubaldo Jimenez
Yes, Jimenez had a very good month of September. He was 3-1 in his five starts (after being 1-3 in both July and August), and the Orioles were victorious in his only truly poor outing — a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on the 15th.
Batters only hit .220 off Jimenez in September, though he did have the issue of 15 walks in 30.2 innings … but also 27 strikeouts. Actually, these walks did not come back to bite him as badly as have others in the past.
The 10 earned runs allowed gave him an ERA of 2.93 for the month, giving up 24 hits in those 30.2 innings. Altogether it leads to a WHIP of 1.27, which is not bad for his style.
If Ubaldo could have every month be like this, we would like him more and pick on him less. But as I’ve said surely a dozen times since we got UJ, this is going to be the way life is with him — ups and downs, hoping the ups strongly outnumber the downs. They did this year, though we’d still like a bit more out of a $50-million guy.
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