One of the more concerning components of the Orioles' recent collapse has been the regression of starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who was so good in the first half this season and has struggled mightily in the second.
How stark is the contrast?
He was 7-4 with a 2.81 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star Break and is 2-5 with a 7.50 ERA after it. Including Saturday's outing, in which he allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, Jimenez has made it through six innings just twice in nine second-half starts. He threw six innings or more in nine of 17 outings before the break.
The trend of one half being significantly better than the other is not new to Jimenez. In his last...