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Ubaldo Jimenez might not return to his 2010 dominance, but he still can be a phenominal fantasy pitcher
Ubaldo Jimenez was quite a disappointment for fantasy owners last season after a breakout 2010 campaign with Colorado. His ERA ballooned to 4.88 in 2011 after making headlines in the year prior, in which he set the record for lowest ERA through 11 starts at 0.78, en route to finishing the season at just 2.88.
Last year was an entirely different story for Jimenez. He was he subject of trade rumors all season, and things seemingly got worse for Jimenez when he was finally shipped to Cleveland just before the deadline. He struggled to adjust to American League hitters and posted a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts with the Indians.
Despite his struggles, Jimenez was still able to record 180 strikeouts on the year. He’s struck out at least 170 in each of his past four seasons and should be a lock to repeat or improve his strikeout total should he stay healthy.
Jimenez has a solidified role as the ace with Cleveland. He won’t have to deal with daily uncertainty of being shopped to other clubs and should be more comfortable with a full spring training with the team.
While it’s unlikely to think that Jimenez will return to his 2010 totals, he should be a much more productive fantasy player in 2012.