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.
–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.