Baltimore Orioles: Three players who can help in the second half

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Welington Castillo
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Welington Castillo /
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HOUSTON, TX – MAY 28: Ubaldo Jimenez
HOUSTON, TX – MAY 28: Ubaldo Jimenez /

End of the rotation starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, is having the worst season of his life. He has the second-worst ERA in the rotation, which gives him the most room for improvement. His 7.01 ERA is miles above his career average of 4.27.

Jimenez is on track to give up more home runs than he did in his first year with the Cleveland Indians. In 2012, he gave up 25 home runs. He currently has 20 dingers against him and at least another 13 starts left for the season. And, remember, Jimenez pitched 4.5 seasons with the Colorado Rockies in the hitter-friendly Coors Field.

At the midway point in the season, Jimenez has two big problems and they are very easy to see on Fangraphs. Jimenez struggles with runners on base and he struggles at home. Once a runner gets on base, Jimenez’s average against jumps .050 points. And, when he pitches at home, his average against jumps up .060 points.

Jimenez is getting run support from his team. His start against the Chicago Cubs was the only game where the offense put up a goose egg. Unfortunately, Jimenez has only five games where he did not give up a home run. He has pitched two shutouts this season, one against the Cincinnati Reds in April and one in June against the Toronto Blue Jays. Both were away games.

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With a little extra help from a few players, the Orioles should be able to add a few wins.