Category Archives: Edwin Jackson

Welcome back Edwin, except… not.

Oh Edwin Jackson. Remember all those good times we used to have together?

Yeah… me neither.

(sadface)

–Brandon Inge is back, WAY early. He was 3-for-4 in his return, so things are either feeling good, or they’re at least down to a level of pain that he can handle (and we’ve had ample evidence that Inge will play through pain basically until someone scrapes him off the field and locks him into a clubhouse bathroom or something).

Obviously I like seeing him back out there. It just makes me nervous that he came back so early. The last thing you need to do is reinjure that hand, buster. Don’t be a hero. You probably aren’t going to hit enough to make a difference that way anyhow.

–Is Danny Worth really injured, or is he just on the DL roster-move-style?

–Bobby Jenks’ beard is not OK.

–I hate losing to the Wrong Sox. HATE IT. It burns, precious, it burns us.

the Worst Thing

Reports indicate that the Tigers/Yankees/Dbacks trade is a go.
eta: Report from The Mothership as of 3 pm Tuesday.

So the Tigers would get:
–Max Scherzer (Dbacks)
–Daniel Schlereth (Dbacks)
–Phil Coke (Yanks)
–Austin Jackson (Yanks)
–maybe Mike Dunn? (Yanks)

The Tigers would give up:
–Edwin Jackson (Dbacks)
–Curtis Granderson (Yanks)
–faith in the inherent goodness of the world

THIS IS THE WORST THING

Trading Granderson was always going to be awful, heart-rending, soul-destroying, etc, but sending him to the Yankees is like… it is like taking the most beautiful thing you can imagine– say a kitten with enormous eyes and soft fur, sitting on a bed of fresh flowers under a rainbow while butterflies soar above it and Mozart plays in the background– and setting it on fire, then dumping it into an open sewer, then setting the sewer on fire, then putting that fire out with nuclear waste, then having sex with a bunch of half-decayed donkey corpses, and throwing those onto the nuclear waste sewer, and setting fire to the whole thing again. That is what Curtis Granderson on the Yankees is like.

As for Edwin Jackson… oh my gosh who will be Justin Verlander’s dugout buddy now??

My problem with the Jackson-for-Scherzer swap is that it doesn’t really help the starting rotation, it just shuffles the problem over. The issue was never that Jackson didn’t help the rotation– because he did– it was that there simply weren’t enough Real Live Actual Starters on the team. So, fine, we pick up Scherzer, great, a new starter… but giving up Jackson at the same time and failing to get a second starter anywhere else in this trade (Schlereth is a reliever) means that the Tigers are right back to where they were before. Before, the rotation was Verlander, Porcello, Jackson, and scraps. Now the rotation is Verlander, Porcello, I guess Scherzer, and scraps. THAT DOESN’T HELP.

But I guess the payroll is reduced, GREAT, I HOPE YOU FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT, FRONT OFFICE. I HOPE REDUCING PAYROLL WAS WORTH MAKING FANS CRY.

Winter Meeting rumor mill continues unabated


illustration by Samara Pearlstein

You cats ready for Day Two of this ridiculousness? I’m not sure that I am, but the Winter Meetings don’t care about me. As before, I will update this post over the course of the day, if/as new stuff makes itself known.

–Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon both declined arbitration. Not exactly shocking, but it does throw the Tigers’ quest for closing material into sharper, slightly scarier relief (har har).

–The Mets like Edwin but ‘can’t get the pieces to fit’. So far everything out of Indy has pointed towards the Tigers asking for the sun and the moon to move Jackson/Granderson, which is in my opinion both appropriate and mildly comforting. You tell ’em, Dave! Don’t let nobody push you around, y’hear!

Team currently rumored to be linked to Jackson: Mets, Yankees, Diamondbacks (Dodgers, Brewers?).

–FOX sez the Yankees are interested in Granderson even if the 3-team deal falls through. So even without complicated, many-faceted deals, the danger of THE WORST THING remains potent.

–A Yankee executive sez there is ‘traction’ to the Grandy talks. What.

–Well, they’ve done it. Details and reaction(s) above.

–Apparently the Tigers have signed catcher Robinzon Diaz, although whether it’s a major league or minor league deal is not yet clear. Diaz only played in 41 games for the Pirates last season, soooooo…. I dunno. I would say that G-Money shouldn’t worry too much yet, but with the way this day has gone, who the hell knows.

Winter meeting trade rumors get going

The current rumor is that the Mets have picked up Edwin Jackson. (via Rotoworld, via AOL’s Ed Price) True, untrue, sort-of true, not yet true but soon to be fact? Lobby rumor or actual trade? Don’t know yet. I’ll update this post if/when I hear more.

(eeeek)

Oh, also: the Rangers just got Clay Rapada for cash or a player to be named later. So ends the Clay Rapada non-era in Detroit.

ETA: ESPN’s Buster Olney sez, “The Tigers’ asking price on Edwin Jackson is said by other teams to be very, very high at this point.” Take that as you will.

ETAA: The Mets deny the Jackson trade. Also, the Chicago Tribune, which had indicated that the Cubs had interest in Curtis Granderson, is saying that the Yankees are ‘hot on the trail’ of Granderson right now (tip o’the paw to Billfer). Excuse me, I need to go vomit up my spleen.

ETAAA: THE WORST THING. Jackson, Granderson both connected to the Yankees via rumor. Just a rumor, just a rumor, just a rumor, just a rumor OF ALL MY NIGHTMARES.

ETAAAA: We’ve re-signed Adam Everett! One year deal, allegedly. This is a good thing, a move that pleases me. It’s 5000 times better than picking up, say, Bobby Crosby.

ETAAAAA: Ozzie Guillen at the Winter Meetings is glorious. “Ah, I don’t know all our players. Ask Joey Cora. He knows all of our players.”

ETAAAAAA: It’s 11:30 pm on Monday night. The latest thing I’ve heard on the Jackson/Granderson rumors is this potential/supposed story from the FOX crew, which would have the following go down:

–Diamondbacks get Jackson and Ian Kennedy of the Yankees
–Yankees get Granderson and Dback prospects
–Tigers get Max Scherzer from the Dbacks; Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, and Michael Dunn from the Yanks

Jackson is a 22 year old center fielder (he’ll be 23 next season), pretty much the Yankees’ top prospect. He’s a righty. He hit .300/.354/.405 last season at triple-A. Coke is a 27 year old lefty reliever who had a 4.50 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 60 innings in the Majors last year. He’s cheap. Dunn will be 24-25 years old next season. He’s a lefty reliever who had a 3.71 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 53.1 innings at double-A last year (2.25 ERA in 20 innings at triple-A, and he got in 4 games for the Yanks proper).

Scherzer will be 25-26 years old in 2010. He’s a right-handed starting pitcher who had a 9-11 record with the Dbacks in ’09, his first full season of big league service. He put up a 4.12 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He was 8th in the NL for Ks per 9 innings pitched, and he was 5th in hit batters (related?). He has odd eyes.

Don’t know how much I credit this rumorlicious report right now, but it’s something to chew on. If this was really what we got back for Grandy and Edwin, would it be worth it? :/

unacceptable, Tigers

screaming tiger by Samara Pearlstein

There is a rumor going around saying that the Tigers are shopping Edwin Jackson and Curtis Granderson.

In short:

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

NO

Just go ahead and try to read this without vomiting and/or bursting into tears:

In a cost-cutting frame of mind, the Tigers have let teams now [sic] that Curtis Granderson could be had for the right package, an NL executive told The Post.

Granderson would be attractive to many teams, with the Yankees near the top of the list.

NY Post article

Every time I try to type out how this little blurb makes me feel, I end up just mashing my hands repeatedly on the keyboard while screaming and twitching. asl;dfkjhas;ldkfjasl;dkfjas;dlfkjas;ldfkj. aAalkjasdflikuhoiqwefih;ashv98yq9283rydf, I say. This is, basically, NOT OK. It is possibly the LEAST OK thing I can think of right now when it comes to the Tigers. Holy FREAKIN’ cats, I know it’s the Post and the grain of salt we should take this with is therefore more like a hearty salt boulder, but even the MEREST, SLIGHTEST HINT OF A THOUGHT of this happening is derailing my brain. Screeeeeeech, thud, brain splattered all over the tracks.

Curtis Granderson stays. Period. End of sentence. END OF SPECULATION ABOUT SOMETHING SO HORRIFIC AS THE DEPARTURE OF CURTIS GRANDERSON FROM THIS DETROIT TIGERS TEAM. I hate to get fuzzy on you here, but he is really the heart and soul of the squad, he is one of the most popular guys on the team with the fans (if not THE most popular), he is amazing for the community and for baseball and HE IS A DETROIT TIGER, HE STAYS. HE DOES NOT LEAVE. IT IS NOT ALLOWED.

MR. DOMBROWSKI. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR YOU, GENERALLY. AND I KNOW THAT THE ECONOMY IS CRUDCATS RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY IN DETROIT. BUT YOU ARE NOT WITH THE MARLINS ANYMORE, please do not manage this team all Firesale-in-Florida style. I am begging you. As a blogger who wishes to exit this offseason with at least one strand of sanity left intact, I am begging you to let this rumor remain a rumor and never even sniff the gamy hindquarters of reality.

After that, the Jackson trade rumors seem downright mundane, although they are truly hilarious and absurd. I mean, think about it. The Tigers had soooooooo much extra starting pitching this past season! They can totally spare a dude or two! They practically had starting pitchers coming out of Paws’ ears by the end there, right?

Oh wait, what’s that you say? You say that the Tigers were so strapped for pitching that they spent most of the latter half of the year trying to limp by with three starters instead of the customary five? Ahhhh, so it was. Can’t believe I forgot. Must have blocked all those horrible memories out as a defense mechanism for my poor, suffering brain.

If the Tigers trade Jackson, that amounts to them saying, “You want to see baseball in Michigan this season? Perhaps you should start following the Big 10.”

Now (as I take a blog-version deep breath), these are rumors. Probably nothing will come of them. Probably. Because if something were to come of them… well, that would be crazy and wrong. You know, I know, Paws knows it. Right? Just making sure we’re all on the same page here.

Tigers ride to Cleveland victory

illustration by Samara Pearlstein

It is apparently That Time of the Year: the bugs are back in Cleveland. Nobody is quite sure what kind of bugs they are– people seemed to think they were some sort of gnat when they harassed the Yankees out of town a couple seasons ago– but Mario said something about flying ants on Tuesday night’s broadcast, so flying ants are what we’ve got here, at least until someone comes and tells us otherwise.

Riding the bugs to victory: Edwin Jackson and Ryan Raburn.

Jackson threw 7 wicked good, awesomesauce innings, suffering stoically through his usual lack of run support by giving up a grand total of ZERO runs. The Racist Logos didn’t even hit him hard. Choo had a double, but that was it for extra base hits. Sure, it wasn’t a sexy zillion-strikeout Verlander-esque outing (Jackson K’d two in those seven innings, and walked three), but it was a bloody good start, and it was exactly what we needed/wanted to see from Jackson, especially as it had started to look like he was tiring late in the season.

Folks who haven’t been watching Jackson lately, just looking at his overall numbers, would probably sporfle at that, but he actually hadn’t held a team run-less since May, and he’d given up 17 runs in his last four games prior to this one. He’s still fairly young and he’s only been a starter since 2007, so season fatigue is a real, pants-wettingly scary possibility down the stretch here. A 100+ pitch game, in September, where Jackson DIDN’T look like he was sucking wind at the end, is a serious relief. Hopefully it won’t end up being a temporary sort of relief.

As for Raburn, oh, you know, he just went 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run that took on additional importance given the low-scoring nature of the game. On a night where EVERY baserunner was of vital importance, he got on base four times. OK, so he was caught stealing at one point, but he also made a great throw from the outfield to nail Matt LaPorta at home, and I reckon that more than makes up for it.

Magglio also had three hits (a double and two singles) and a walk, so his average is sitting at a very light and fluffy .295 right now (I say ‘light and fluffy’ because his OPS is an unfortunate .765). Maybe he’s trying to fool us into feeling better about his contract situation.

Due to the fact that the stupid Wrong Sox can’t do ANYTHING right, the Tigers really, really needed this win, and will probably continue to desperately need every win from here on out, because the Twinkies are refusing to lie down and decently die, and the wild card ain’t comin’ from this division. Tonight FredFred goes up against Justin Masterson, a pitching matchup I am very much looking forward to watching. Children dueling on the mound! Someone call CPS!

Edwin Jackson of late, and other such things

Miguel and Asdrubal Cabrera hug it out, photo by Samara Pearlstein

True story about this game: I turned it on after it had already started, and saw a dude with CARRASCO on his jersey pitching for the Racist Logos. Now, I had just seen DJ Carrasco pitching in Boston, for the Wrong Sox, so I was very, very confused, because I didn’t know that

a) there had been an intradivisional trade, and

b) DJ Carrasco could start, because I was pretty sure he hadn’t done that since, like, 2005.

It took me around two innings to realize that it was a DIFFERENT AL Central pitcher named Carrasco. I wish I could say that it’s a logical mistake, but no, they aren’t even related; Racist Logo Carrasco is Venezuelan and Wrong Sox Carrasco is Arizonan. The moral of the story is that I am an idiot.

The actual game? Oh, you know, it happened. Edwin Jackson threw under 100 pitches for only the second time in his last 11 starts. Most unfortunately this was not the result of amazingly awesome efficiency; Jackson used 90 pitches to struggle more-or-less gamely through 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. He also struck out 6, but I’m not going to give that much more than a golf clap, considering everything else.

He hasn’t actually gone past 6 innings since August 5, which is something I had not realized until I went to have a look at his game log just now. AND NOW I’M ALL DISTURBED.

What’s the matter, Edwin? By this time last season he had pitched approximately 350 fewer pitches and 14 fewer innings than he has this year… 3-4 games’ worth pitch-wise, 2-3 games’ worth innings-wise. Could it possibly be fatigue? That doesn’t seem like SUCH a huge difference, but maybe it’s big enough.

Or maybe he just got tired of having some of the smallest and most pathetic attempts at run support dogging his starts, to the point where he got too rattled to throw properly. I don’t know. I DO know that today the bats DID decide to show up for Edwin Jackson, for once, to the tune of 8 runs, 3 doubles and 3 homers. His relief must have been great. He even got the win.

Every single starting hitter got at least one hit today. Inge, Guillen, and Polanco again (hearty lol) homered. Grandy, Laird, and Huff got the doubles. Miguel Cabrera stole a base, which is like the icing on the Racist Logo Humiliation Cake. Truly a marvelous thing.

big sadness for Edwin Jackson in Boston

photo by Samara Pearlstein

Oh, Edwin. What happened here? Four runs on nine hits in four innings? Thirty-three pitches in the first inning alone? That’s so… so unlike the 2009, Detroit Tigers version of Edwin Jackson.

Twice now, in his past three starts, he’s been gone after four innings. Just a bad spell, or is this fatigue setting in? This is Jackson’s third season as a regular starter, so one would assume that most fatigue issues would have been worked out by now, but this is really only his first season as a top-tier regular starter (yeah, he won 14 in ’08, but his WHIP wasn’t so hot– I expect the Rays gave him a lot of support). Maybe the stress of that role is tiring him out faster.

Or maybe I’m just paranoid about Tigers pitchers and fatigue in general! It’s just, you know, that Jackson should have two short outings in such a compressed timeframe… I worry, OK. SOMEONE TELL ME THAT EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT.

I was watching the Red Sox broadcast, which has Dennis Eckersley doing color commentary while Jerry Remy is out sick. The Eck is a good commentator, except for the fact that he is EXTREMELY biased towards a pitcher’s viewpoint, moreso than any other announcer I’ve experienced. When I say this I mean that he takes bad pitching, or bad calls against pitchers, personally, as though random middle reliever X’s bad outing is a personal affront to him, the Eck.

The Eck was offended by Edwin Jackson’s pitching. It was like the idea that Jackson, who has been so good, should pitch so poorly in a game that the Eck was announcing was something that had been brewed up by the Tigers specifically to vex the Eck.

Oh, and when Jackson plunked Youkilis in the 4th, after Miggy had been hit earlier in the game? Totally intentional. Your mileage may vary when it comes to how smart and/or stupid you find that sort of retaliation.

Sigh.

–Both Polanco and Magglio had three-hit nights. Magglio even had a triple (lol). Encouraging stuff from the both of ’em.

–The Sox announcers were talking about how Granderson has put up at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in multiple seasons now. Don Orsillo, the play-by-play guy, mentioned that one of the other Tigers to do it was Kirk Gibson. Of course this eventually came around to Gibby’s most famous home run, which was hit off of Dennis Eckersley. The Eck was plunged into a dark, morose mood.

“It never goes away,” he muttered.

Talk about traumatizing.

–Much conversation about Magglio’s hair, about how shocking it was when he cut it, etc. The Eck ventured to say that he thought it was a good thing, because it was getting too long.

“For me to say somebody’s moss was too long, that’s sayin’ something…. flopping around the joint, c’mon.”

‘Moss’ is Eck-speak for ‘hair’. Anyways, the Eck then added that he wasn’t going to cut HIS hair anytime soon. Orsillo pointed out that it had been longer when the Eck was playing, so who was he to criticize Magglio? The Eck said that he had just been pitching, not running all over the outfield or around the basepaths, so his hair wasn’t “flopping around the joint” (again).

–They kept mispronouncing Fu-Te Ni’s name, and calling him “Nigh”.

–So I will be at the next three games, weather permitting, and posting may temporarily become spotty/even more incoherent than usual (which is really saying something). But once I get the photos done, oh the wonders you shall reap, RotT.

Tigers win a pitched battle of pitchers

photos by Samara Pearlstein

Friends, felines, we have just witnessed a fantastic pitching duel between Jeremy Guthrie and Edwin Jackson. It was 1-0 Tigers going into the 8th inning, the only run a Magglio Ordonez linedrive homer. Guthrie was ultimately tagged with three runs, but two of those were inherited runners who scored while Cla Meredith was pitching. Edwin gave up two runs, but those did not come until the top of the 9th, when he was well over 100 pitches.

What can even be said about Edwin Jackson? He had a bad outing his last time out, the shortest outing of his season, it took him 115 pitches to get through 4 innings, and tonight was his answer to that outing because it took him basically the same number of pitches to get through 8 and change. Every time I acknowledge that he is good at throwing a baseball I feel like he comes right back at me, all I WILL THROW THIS BASEBALL EVEN BETTER THAN YOU HAVE SEEN. And I’m like, I SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING THERE EDWIN JACKSON, I AM GAZING AT YOU WITH LITTLE TINY HEARTS IN MY EYES, IF I WAS A CARTOON RIGHT NOW MY EYES WOULD BE DRAWN AS HEART SHAPES.

Edwin Jackson has handed down 117 strikeouts and only 47 walks this season. He has a 2.62 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP and other dudes are batting .217 against him. He has an 8-5 record which is a catdamn tragedy because if the world was just he would have more than 8 wins. Eight wins are for the mediocre and Edwin Jackson is not mediocre. In fact the only AL starter with 8 or more wins who has a lower ERA than Edwin Jackson is Zack Greinke.

Edwin Jackson has a better ERA and WHIP than:

–Josh Beckett

–King Felix

–Justin Verlander

–Mark Buehrle

–Captain Cheeseburger Sabathia

–Jered Weaver

–Jon Lester

–AJ Burnett

–a bunch of other people who are less worthy than Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson, he’s so dreamy! Edwin Jackson, his birthday is a day after mine (but he is a couple years older than me, so I can say he’s dreamy without feeling like an irredeemable perv)! Edwin Jackson, he still did not get a ton of bat support, but he managed a win tonight!

Thursday is a day game, 1:05 pm. David Hernandez (who?) vs. FredFred. May the best child win.

Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson, and Jim Leyland combine forces to be MORE AWESOME THAN YOU CAN EVEN IMAGINE

a reenactment of the wondrous moment

What could possibly be better than a complete game win from Justin Verlander to start off a double header with the vile Wrong Sox? What could top that? Think for a few minutes. Try to guess.

If you came up with “Curtis Granderson taking his shirt off”, congratulations, you are correct.

Detroit News writer Dana Wakiji knows what’s important to report. Detroit News photographer Tom Gromak is a prince among camera-bearing men. And Curtis Granderson, Edwin Jackson, and Jim Leyland are very, very good sports. Behold the amazing fruits of this combination over here: Jim Leyland takes shirt off his back to help Curtis Granderson’s charity.

First, look on the right under ‘RELATED CONTENT’, for a little link that says ‘Photos: Tigers’ bachelor auction aids inner city youth education’. Click on this link and go through all the photos, but most especially feast your retinas on this and this and THIS.

If you recover from those images sometime in the next century, you may then proceed to read the article.

Perry, a 22-year-old rookie, was up first. During the bidding, Laird offered $2,000. “I will not clean your house!” Perry yelled to Laird.

Jackson’s tattoos could only be revealed by removing his shirt, so he asked his manager’s permission. “You take your shirt off, I’ll take mine off,” Leyland yelled from the middle of the room.

Jackson obliged by removing his shirt and showing off his tattooed back and arms. He then demanded his manager keep his word. Leyland came up to the stage and said he would remove his shirt as long as the picture did not end up on TV or in the newspaper.

Detroit News article

AMAZING. Of course most of you remember the image heading up this post, from these bad old days, but Jim Leyland taking off his shirt in front of a roomful of fans and a number of Tigers players REALLY ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN REAL ACTUAL LIFE. Bobby Seay took photos of it with his phone. I feel faint.

It gets better.

After the auction, Jackson insisted Granderson remove his shirt. After getting approval from his mother, Mary, Granderson obliged.

Granderson blamed the shirtlessness on the tattoos.

“It started with tattoos, see what tattoos do?” Granderson said. “Good and bad. I don’t have any tattoos and it started with Ryan Perry rolling his sleeve up and then Edwin Jackson. Once Jim Leyland, our manager, comes up, I can’t get shown up by him. Very surprising, but I thank him very much for helping raise a lot of money. Hopefully the ladies loved it.”

Detroit News article

Oh Curtis Granderson, why are you so perfect? Edwin Jackson peer-pressured him into taking his shirt off! He got permission from his mom! Rest assured, Curtis, the ladies loved it, and I am certain a number of gentlemen did as well.

Yes. The Detroit News loves us and wants us to be happy. Granderson, Jackson, and Leyland love us and want us to be happy. Success. My eyeballs are happy.