OAKLAND -- Ubaldo Jimenez has collected a win in each of his last two starts, but the Indians right-hander is not sitting back and finding satisfaction with that statistic. Jimenez knows his performance on the mound is nowhere near the level he wants to reach.
"I still have a lot of work to do," Jimenez said. "I have to keep working hard during my bullpen sessions and things like that. I'm trying to find a way to find myself for my next game."
During Friday's 4-3 victory over the A's, Jimenez allowed two runs over six innings en route to a quality start and a win for the Indians. The right-hander's command, however, was poor. He ended the outing with five walks and 107 pitches, and admitted he had little going for him.
Jimenez believes the root of his issues in Oakland was his delivery.
"I think it's a mechanical thing," Jimenez explained. "I think I was trying to throw too much over the top -- too high. I was trying to make the ball go downhill. That's why I kept bouncing the ball in the dirt. It's something where I need to put it around the strike zone. They can swing the bat and the defense can help me out."
On the season, Jimenez is 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA for Cleveland. But the righty has piled up eight walks against eight strikeouts with 15 hits allowed over his last 11 innings, covering two starts. In both of those showings, Jimenez's best inning was his last one before hitting the showers.
"The last two games have been like that," Jimenez said. "The last two innings of the game I feel like I get in a rhythm and I'm able to feel better and better as the game goes on. That's something that I have to find a way to do ... from the beginning of the game."
Indians manager Manny Acta said the team will not be overhauling Jimenez's mechanics any time soon.
"He's had those unorthodox mechanics from Day 1, and he's been very good with [them]," Acta said. "When he struggles, it's easy to point them out. But it comes down to being able to make the adjustment and attack the strike zone. When you have unorthodox mechanics and you're tall, and you have a lot of things going all over the place, it's about being able to repeat the delivery.
"It's easier said than done. But if you're nice and clean, it's obvious that you have a better chance to repeat your delivery."