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How the Indians turned around Ubaldo Jimenez

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07:22 AM ET 09.24 | For Ubaldo Jimenez, the problem wasn't his velocity -- even if it was declining. The velocity was slipping when the Indians acquired him in 2011 for four players, including No.1 picks Drew Pomeranz and Alex White. It slipped even more in 2012. "Since I got here, everyone was talking to me about velocity and trying to get back to who I was velocity-wise," said Jimenez. [Pitching coach Mickey Callaway] had a different message: Don't sweat the velocity; with your movement and deception, 91-94 is plenty fast enough. "I thought if we could just get Ubaldo in the strike zone and attacking hitters with the stuff he already had, that he would be good to go," said Callaway. "Watching his video during the off-season, I was saying, 'Man, his stuff is so good, all he has to do is get it over the plate.'"

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September 24, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Is he really bald-o?

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September 24, 2013  08:23 AM ET

He still walks too many batters, but he has had a bounce back year.

September 24, 2013  09:02 AM ET

A good manager sometimes does make the difference in losing and winning ball games.

September 24, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Getting away from Coors Field didn't hurt.

September 24, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Getting hot at the right time!!! Good Job!

September 24, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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Indians looking good for the playoffs.

I just hope they don't take the White Sox and Twins lightly. Would be nice if they could run the table. My concern for the playoffs is that they have the worst winning percentage against +.500 teams of all the playoff contenders.

September 24, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Getting hot at the right time!!! Good Job!

They never quit. Don't tell me a good manager can't make a difference. Tito rocks!

September 24, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Getting hot at the right time!!! Good Job!

No one backing into the playoffs this year. All the teams going into the playoffs have had a season to be proud of.

September 24, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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No one backing into the playoffs this year. All the teams going into the playoffs have had a season to be proud of.

For the most part.... LA was close.... but righted their ship.

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September 24, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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It didn't help, either.He had a 4.46 ERA in his last season with the Rockies and he's got a 4.53 ERA in his three seasons in Cleveland.

Control has been his problem.

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September 24, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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I'm glad it looks like he's figured it out right before he becomes a free agent. .

Careful - you're giving Atro ammunition.......

September 24, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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Getting hot at the right time!!! Good Job!

That's what I told the wife last night.

September 24, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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Maybe so, but he's always had a high walk rate. Even in his best seasons it was approaching 4 BB/9 and it hasn't been much over that during his time in Cleveland.

BTW: hope your team makes it.

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