The Indians have a real chance, in part because the Ubaldo they hoped they were trading for two years ago has shown up in the second half of this season. He has a better ERA than Clayton Kershaw since the All-Star break, a better ERA than any other starting pitcher in the American League over that time.
He has begun September with three straight wins, allowing just one earned run in 21 1/3 innings, with 22 strikeouts and just three walks.
Jimenez is comfortable with the Indians. Remember, he once described playing in Cleveland as “like being in heaven.” He has bonded with first-year Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway.
Callaway attributes Jimenez’s improvement to a “smoother, one-piece delivery” and to increased confidence.
“I feel really good every time out,” Jimenez said.
He’ll get his next chance Thursday night against the Astros, and then next week against the White Sox and Twins.
The schedule helps make the Indians wild-card favorites. And having a revived Ubaldo in the rotation doesn’t hurt.
Source: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports