The one-time leader in the Cy Young, and perhaps even MVP chase has had more than just one bad outing. Six of his last seven starts have been subpar. Let's take a look...
6/23: Boston (5 2/3 IP, 6 ER)
6/28: San Diego (6 IP, 4 ER)--pitching in Petco, how ugly might this have been in Philly?
7/3: San Francisco (6 IP, 7 ER)
7/8: St. Louis (8 IP, 1 ER)
7/19: Florida (5 1/3, 4 ER)
7/24: Philadelphia (2 IP, 6 ER)
Only his July 8 start against St. Louis passes muster. Jiminez has to re-assume the role of being a stopper, or his team's slide is not going to stop.
*Jon Lester did what he could to be a stopper for Boston, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. But he only got one run of support and after an error and a home run, the no-no, the perfecto and the win were gone, all in one fell swoop. The Red Sox lost 5-1 and fell four back of Tampa Bay.
*Ervin Santana was a stopper for the Angels as he beat Texas 6-2. The little guys of the Halos' lineup came through for him, as the 8-9-1 spots combined for seven hits. A rare bullpen breakdown by Texas' Darren Oliver enabled the Angels to pull away.
*In the National League, the Mets' surely can't wait to get off the West Coast. Yesterday they played 13 innings to add another loss to what's now a 1-8 trip. James Loney's walkoff shot gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win.
*Aubrey Huff continues to be on fire for San Francisco, with his second straight 3-hit game. He's now 12-of-27 since the break and the Giants won again, burying the D-Backs 10-4.
*Good news for Arizona though--the asking price for Dan Haren may have gone up yesterday. With the Yankees rumored to be the leading suitor, they got a poor outing from Sergio Mitre, who is filling in for Andy Pettite. Mitre lost 7-4 to Kansas City and failed to make it out of the fifth. In the big picture, NYY still has a comfortable lead on Boston and they are still going to get Pettite back in time for the playoffs. But the Steinbrenner Family has never shown patience when a display of money muscle could suffice. The chances Arizona can get New York to pick up more of his Haren's $33 million contract than the Yanks would like increased yesterday. A positive for the Pinstripes? Dustin Moseley threw 4 2/3 of shutout ball in long relief. Give the Yankee offense that kind of time to come back and you'll win more than your share.