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Edwin Jackson struggling since 149-pitch no-hitter

Jul 19, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

Yesterday afternoon Edwin Jackson turned in his third straight clunker of a start since no-hitting the Rays on June 25, taking a loss against the Padres by allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings.
Jackson has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings since the no-hitter, walking 11 batters while opponents hit .328 against him. It’d be easy to point to throwing 149 pitches in the no-hitter as the reason for his struggles, but while that surely hasn’t helped matters Jackson was struggling long before the stress of that heavy workload.
He was 4-6 with a 5.05 ERA before the no-hitter and if you remove that one game from his season totals Jackson has a 5.35 ERA and 88/50 K/BB ratio in 114.1 innings overall. And really, he didn’t even pitch all that well during the no-hitter, allowing nine baserunners and needing 149 pitches to record 27 outs.
Of course, Dallas Braden is 0-5 since his no-hitter and is currently on the disabled list, and Armando Galarraga was demoted to Triple-A just six starts after his imperfect game.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    I think you covered it, Aaron. Jackson wasn’t doing that well before the nohitter, so it should be no surprise that he reverted to form afterwards. With a great arm like his it’s also no surprise that he had a terrific game at some point. He’ll have more. But until he harnesses his command there will be wild swings in his ERA, and he’ll have a lot of poor games to go with the excellent ones.
    Braden basically did the same thing. His underlying numbers were not great before the perfecto, but he uses his defense (ie, pitches to contact). So a statistically aberrant BABIP game, while improbable, was not impossible. Again, the variability of any one game of his will be large, given he does not have overwhelming stuff, but does have good command. Some games will trend excellent, some will trend poor.

  2. DualLeads - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    “Was it worth it?”
    Ridiculous headline.

  3. Nic Geerz - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM

  4. Nic Geerz - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    I know why hes throwing clunkers now .. he was making it rain in the strip club for the celebration and probably hurt is labrum… either that or peeling shrimp

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