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Ubaldo Jimenez's outing against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday was encouraging for the Cleveland Indians.
Despite all the acquisitions made by the Cleveland Indians over the offseason, one thing is still clear—their starting rotation is a major question mark.
Ubaldo Jimenez bounced back from a rough start to post four strong innings against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two. The most important stat of the day, however, was no walks.
Given that Jimenez issued 95 free passes last year and threw a league-leading 16 wild pitches, that was certainly an encouraging sign.
Justin Masterson has also looked solid, as has Brett Myers. Daisuke Matsuzaka, bidding for the fifth spot in the rotation, has also looked sharp, posting a 2.57 ERA in three appearances.
However, depth is not considered the strong suit of Cleveland's rotation. Early on, that depth is being tested. Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have both looked shaky, Kluber posting a 6.43 ERA in three outings and Carrasco allowing six runs on eight hits in four innings. Even Zach McAllister is off to a slow start, allowing five runs on eight hits in seven innings of work.
It's obviously way too early to make assumptions about the Indians' rotation. But early returns suggest that experts who believe the Indians' pitching staff can't keep up with the Tigers and Royals in the AL Central might have a valid point.