Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez’s results in his first three starts with the Orioles — an unsightly 0-3 record and a 7.31 ERA — would have most pitchers searching for answers, especially while trying to meet the expectations of a club-record four-year, $50 million contract.
Jimenez looks at the situation differently. Following Baltimore’s 11-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, Jimenez can draw from recent experience and know that he can rebound from his rocky first few outings in an Orioles uniform.
“He’s got the right mentality,” Manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s been through tough times before, but he wants it to end now. I guarantee you.”
Jimenez, 30, couldn’t get out of the sixth inning Sunday against an aggressive, fastball-feasting Blue Jays lineup at Camden Yards in front of an announced 39,281. He allowed 12 base runners over 51 / 3 innings, yielding five runs and 10 hits — both season highs — in his third start of the year.
Overall, Toronto finished with 17 hits, including three long home runs.
The Orioles (5-7) have lost three of their first four series of the season and scored just five total runs in three games against the Blue Jays over the weekend. The offense’s highlight — back-to-back solo homers by Chris Davis and Matt Wieters — occurred with two outs in the eighth inning, long after the game was out of reach.
“I think the biggest thing for us is just to relax, knowing we have a full season in front of us,” said Davis, who hit his first home run of the year after leading the major leagues with 53 last season. “We can’t win the World Series in one game. We are still doing some things right.”
— Baltimore Sun