4.) Ubaldo Jimenez does not look like a total bust.
This is a list of things for the Orioles and their fanbase to be thankful about. Ubaldo Jimenez is not really one of those things, but he was not terrible in 2015. The 31-year-old right-hander was great in the first half of the season, posting a 2.81 ERA before the All-Star break. Still, there was always the feeling that he would turn back into a pumpkin at one point.
That’s exactly what happened in the second half of the year, as Jimenez got lit up in 11 starts in July and August. He went 1-6 with a 6.15 ERA and gave up 11 home runs and 72 hits in 60 innings. Command and location are very important for Jimenez at this point in his career. When he’s not locating his fastball or splitter properly, you get months like July and August.
There are more positives than negatives to take away from Jimenez’s performance in 2015, and that is something to be thankful for, as the Orioles still owe 2014’s big free-agent signing $26.5 million over the next two years. Jimenez had a career-low walk rate in 2015, after having a career-high in 2014. He still struck out over eight per nine, and mostly limited home runs outside of his tough two-month slump. While this is not a signing the Orioles would do over if given a mulligan, it does look a little better after the second year.