Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson has his first start as a Diamondback tonight, after having the best season of his career with Detroit last year.  He made his first All-Star team, and it was good enough to get him over $13 million for 2 years with Arizona. 

He has the talent to be a great pitcher for a long time, and pitched like it for much of last year, before reverting to prior form late in the year.  He'll be facing off against Chris Young of the Padres, who also has a lot of ability, but has also been way too inconsistent.  Getting a fresh start and moving back to the NL should help Jackson find his form.  He's also catching a break getting to face the Padres, who scored the 2nd fewest runs in baseball last year (barely edging out the Pirates).  If he has trouble with them, it's probably a bad sign. 

2003-2008: 25-30, 5.15 ERA
Pre-All Star, 2009: 7-4, 2.52 ERA, .212 BAA (Best in the AL, 80+ IP)
Post-All Star, 2009: 6-5, 5.07 ERA, .290 BAA

Update: Jackson lasted 5 innings, and gave up 3 runs, with 5 SO and 1 BB.  Not that good, but not terrible either.  Chris Young, on the other hand, was sensational: 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 SO, 3 BB.  A great start after struggling last year (4-6, 5.21 ERA) before having season-ending surgery in August.

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