Remember when Ubaldo Jimenez was among the best starting pitchers in the National League, if not all of the MLB, while tucked away in Colorado? Or his 19-win season where he logged 221 2/3 innings, recorded 214 strikeouts and posted a 2.88 ERA? Well that was 2010, and he's had his fair share of difficulties since then.
That is, until recently. After a rough start in 2013, the hard-throwing right-hander has quietly responded well, keeping his ERA at 3.10 or lower in June, July and August. And in 13 innings pitched in September, Jimenez has given the Tribe exactly what they need in the playoff hunt, allowing no earned runs.
Here is ESPN.com's senior writer Eric Karabell with what Jimenez's hot stretch means in the fantasy realm.
"Nobody should sit Cleveland Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. He fanned 10 Kansas City Royals over seven walk-free innings Monday, allowing one unearned run. I still won’t draft him among the top 30 starting pitchers in 2014 -- too much WHIP risk -- but the way he looks lately, with double-digit whiffs in three of four starts and a reduced walk rate, he’s a must-own."