Should Oakland A’s be concerned about Dany Jimenez?
By David Hill
Dany Jimenez had been a revelation for the Oakland A’s. He had stepped into the closer role while Lou Trivino battled Covid, emerging as the A’s permanent solution for the ninth inning even when Trivino returned. Jimenez had become the sixth A’s pitcher to notch at least ten saves in his rookie season and appeared well on his way to becoming a key part of their future core.
However, Jimenez has been a disaster recently. His last three outings have made even the embattled Trivino appear useful as he has allowed eight runs on five hits and four walks in his last 2.1 innings, striking out three. While Rolaids may spell relief, Jimenez has not been a synonym for such since May 27 dawned.
Dany Jimenez could force Oakland A’s to look at other options
Every pitcher goes through a rough stretch at some point during the season. Even the most dominant pitchers do not have it some nights, battling for outs as they struggle without their best stuff. And sometimes, that just does not work.
That may be what is happening with Jimenez. His command just is not there right now as he is struggling to harness his arsenal. It is possible that, with a few days of rest, he will be an effective option for the ninth inning once again.
It is also possible that the league is starting to catch up to the A’s closer. As he had just 1.1 innings in the majors prior to this season, opponents did not have much in the way of a “book” on his tendencies and pitches. Now, after nearly two months have passed, opposing players know what to look for. He will need to make adjustments in order to find success once more.
Jimenez is also going to get his chances regardless. The A’s do not really have another option to take over in the ninth right now. Trivino is still shaky at best while A.J. Puk has also struggled of late. Even if he gets an opportunity or two off, the role is still his. For now, at least.
Dany Jimenez is still the Oakland A’s closer. However, after his recent performances, it is fair to wonder if his grasp on that role is beginning to slip.