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Cleveland Indians' season rests on Ubaldo Jimenez

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06:33 PM ET 04.03 | When the Cleveland Indians traded for Ubaldo Jimenez in a deadline deal in 2011 for their two top pitching prospects, they were hoping to get the pitcher that had competed for the Cy Young Award the previous season. But what Jimenez has done over the past season and a half has been, to put it nicely, mediocre. Last season, the number two pitcher on the Indians' staff posted an awful record of 9-and-17 with a 5.40 ERA. He had lost total command of his pitches, and it seemed like once one thing went wrong, you could forget about him. He would never recover after that. In less than two seasons, the Indians gave up their top pitching prospects for a 13-and-21 record with a 5.25 ERA. Jimenez makes his season debut tonight in Toronto against the new look Blue Jays. The Indians have some new faces as well, but if they want any chance at contending into August and September, they need Jimenez to return to his pre-2011 form. The biggest question mark for this team is the starting pitching. After a slow start, Justin Masterson settled down and looked promising in the season opener. It is up to Jimenez to follow that with a strong outing.

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Ubaldo Jimenez, AP Photo/Mark Duncan Ubaldo Jimenez, AP Photo/Mark Duncan
April 4, 2013  12:02 PM ET

Who wrote this? Since when is a pitcher's record (or a team's record) ever listed as XX- and- XX? Are sports magazines/websites paying so little that there is no qualified writers anymore that will work for the pay? Are they so cash strapped they can't allow their writers to spend time proofreading their articles before submitting them? Or can't they afford even an intern or someone else to proofread and spell check? It's unbelievable how inadequate this profession has become across the board.

 
April 4, 2013  01:21 PM ET

Just looked up "the other side of the equation".

From the Denver Post:
"White, who worked less than five innings for the seventh consecutive start Wednesday, and Pomeranz are a combined 7-20 with a 5.71 ERA."



So it looks like the "two top prospects" aren't panning out either.

Obviously the Blogger won't let the Facts get in the way of the point he's trying to make.

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