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The Rotation Crush; It’ll Be A Thing

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The Rotation Crush; It’ll Be A Thing

Posted on 04 February 2013 by Will Emerson

There are crushes, there are man-crushes, there are bro-mances, heck, I even have my advanced stat man-crush, Ben Zobrist! But I am going to add a new kind of crush to the list. A rotation crush! See, I was pouring over pitching stats, preparing for upcoming fantasy drafts, as I am want to do and came across the Chicago Cubs starting rotation and well, woah, mama! After just a quick glance I realized that, yes, I now had starting rotation  crush!

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Yep, the Cub rotation has me all starry-eyed. I may even plaster my bedroom walls with their pictures, posters and other assorted memorabilia,. Okay, I probably won’t  go to that much of an extreme. Probably. But, that is neither here nor there. The Cub rotation is my kind of rotation. Seems, like it has been a tad bit under the radar, but the Cubbies, in general, are actually well on their way to building themselves back up and into the real of respectability and it starts with their starting pitching. Garza, Jackson, Baker, Samardzija, Villanueva, Wood. Okay it does not sound overly intimidating or like a legitimate law firm, sure. Also, it’s not the Brave rotations of the 90s or the A’s of the early 2000′s. It’s not even the Phillies ace rotation of a couple seasons ago, for that matter. They are probably not going to adorn the cover of Sports Illustrated with a clever and catchy cpation next to them, any time soon, okay. But they are, unbeknownst to many, quite solid. I am not saying any of these picthers are gonna be winning the Cy Young Award in 2013, but in their starting picthing, the Cubs have a solid building block. Peruse these numbers from 2012 (2011 for Scott Baker since he missed all of 2012)

Matt Garza:              3.59 xFIP, 3.60 SIERA, 1.18 WHIP, 8.33 K/9

Jeff Samardzija:      3.38 xFIP, 3.40 SIERA, 1.22 WHIP, 9.27 K/9

Edwin Jackson:       3.79 xFIP, 3.75 SIERA, 1.22 WHIP, 7.97 K/9

Scott Baker:              3.61 xFIP, 3.44 SIERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.22 K/9

Carlos Villanueva: 4.09 xFIP, 3.72 SIERA, 1.27 WHIP, 8.76 K/9

Travis Wood:           4.62 xFIP, 4.41 SIERA, 1.20 WHIP, 6.87 K/9

Well, I think you can quickly see why my inaugural rotation crush is for the 2013 Cubs. The advanced stas are very consistently above average for the most part. Sure, Wood is a bit of an outlier, but Travis Wood is just a pitcher I like. One of those pitchers I just like for no statistical or gut reason whatsoever. I have a similar unexplained affinity for Chris Volstad, but I am veering a bit off course, here. Back to the rotation crush. My guess is that Wood ends up coming out of the bullpen for the Cubbies, anyway, but who knows what could happen in Spring Training? Alright, focus. Roatation crush. Looking at these advanced stats, you have to feel the Cubs are going to be in a lot of their games and will not need to tax their bullpen all that much. Each one of these pitchers (okay, with the exception of Villanueva) have been high on my list for quite some time and are now all in one glorious rotation in Chicago! Again, though, let’s not start throwing these guys Cy Young votes just yet. While I can barely contain my excitement about this rotation, there are certainly some question marks hovering above it.

First off, you have Scott Baker. Now, I have liked Scotty Baker for awhile and I do like the move to the National League. The change of scenery should certainly do him well, even if he is moving to a more hitter friendly park. The concern though is that he did miss all of 2012 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Missing a season of baseball, for any reason, especially an injury and super especially (yes I said super especially, deal with it) for an arm or shoulder injury, will make things somewhat difficult. At some point Baker should be at, or at least close to, his former self, but there is no telling when that may be. Word is he will be ready for the start of the regular season and early projections make it seem like most baseball prognosticators think he will be up on the bump looking like he has not skipped a beat. There is no guarantee on what Baker will provide, but it is definitely worth whatever small risk there is, for the Cubbies. But Baker, of course, is not the only question mark in this rotation.

“The Shark” , Jeff Samardzija had a very, very good season in 2012. There were a few bumps along the way, *cough* June *cough*, but he still finished the season with some very respectable numbers. Plus, you have to love a 44.6 ground ball rate coupled with a K/9 over nine! Trust me, you have to! That’s not a ton of fly balls, which is great if, like “the Shark”, you pitch a lot of games at Wrigley Field. The one main concern/question around Samardzija, is whether or not he can duplicate his 2012 numbers in 2013. Looking at the numbers, themselves, nothing really points to a regression in 2013. In fact, if anything, they point to a bit of an improvement. So what’s the problem? Well, if you buy into this sort of thing, it could be his inning total from 2012. His innings thrown in 2012 were the most he has thrown in any season of professional baseball. In fact, it almost double his 2011 innnings thrown, back when he was coming out of the bullpen. But hey, the numbers point to some improvement, so maybe the innnings thing will counter act the expected improvement and he will duplicate those 2012 numbers, in 2013. Did that make sense? No? Yeah, it seemed to make more sense in my head. Personally, I think Shark will be fine in 2013, but I could see that increased innings thing being a mild concern to some. Of course numbers and projections are great, but they are not the end all, be all. They cannot always tell the whole story, per se.

Any baseball fan who follows stats, especially advanced stats, knows that while these stats can be helpful and show patterns, point to regressions, etcetera, etcetera, and should help us predict future performance, this is not always the case. When you look at this Cub rotation and see those xFIP and SIERA numbers, it looks all fine and dandy, peachy keen. For whatever reason though, we know it is highly unlikely that each of these pitchers will have an ERA matching, or even close to, their xFIPs or SIERAs. At the very least you have to like your odds if you are Theo Epstein and company over there in the Cubs front office. I know I sure do! When you have a fifth starter with the potential to strike out close to nine batters per nine innings, well everything else should be cream cheese. So congratulations to the 2013 Chicago Cubs starting picthers for becoming my very first rotation crush! You should feel greatly honored. Well, enough out of me, I have to go track down a life-sized Jeff Samardzija cardboard cutout.

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Top 10 ERAs Over The Last 28 Days – Starting Pitchers

Posted on 12 August 2012 by John Unity

With approximately only 50 games left in the season, teams are starting to feel the heat and are making the push to win their divisions.  I am going to take a look at and discuss what starting pitchers have helped their teams out the most over the last 28 days.  My only requirement to make this list is that the pitcher had to start a minimum of 5 games over that period (7/14 – 8/10).

#10 – 1.862 ERA – Jordan Zimmermann – WASH

 

Jordan has started 5 games over the last 28 days, going 3-0 with 30 strikeouts in 29 innings.  Even more impressive, he has posted the 3rd lowest WHIP on this list at 0.86.  Over that period, the Nationals have had a record of 20-9 (with 2 double headers).  Everyone always knew that Jordan had a ton of potential, and he is determined to prove that last year was no fluke.  Combined with Strasburg, G. Gonzalez, E. Jackson, and Detwiler (who would have been #12 on this list), the Nationals have quietly put together one of the game’s best rotations.  There are reasons why they own the best record in baseball, and Zimmermann is one of them.

#9 – 1.817 ERA – Hiroki Kuroda – NYY

Kuroda has been very impressive over his last 5 starts, but has been a victim of poor run support.  He has gone 2-1 over that period.  The one loss was to Seattle, where he gave up only 1 run over 6.1 innings.  In the mean time, Kuroda has lowered his ERA to 3.24.  He has been a nice addition this season and should continue to help produce wins and a decent ERA for the first place Yankees.

#8 – 1.787 ERA – Clay Buchholz – BOS


Clay’s season ERA is the worst since his rookie season.  He currently sits at an ERA of 4.24.  What you can’t see by looking at this number is that has been amazing over the last 2.5 months. Since June 1st, Clay has posted a 2.031 ERA in 75+ innings.  He has also posted a 10-3 record on the season.  Over the last 28 days, he has gone 2-1 with a 0.77 WHIP in 6 games.  He too has been a victim of poor run support, having no decisions in 3 of those games.  In those 3 games, he has pitched 22 innings and has only given up 2 earned runs.  He has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last 2.5 months, and could have been in CY Young talks if it wasn’t for a disastrous April and May.

#7 – 1.734 ERA – Adam Wainwright – STL


In Adam’s last 5 games, he has gone 3-1, with 35 strikeouts in 36.3 innings.  In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Adam has shown flashes of his old self.  He has had a couple rough months this season, but the past month and a half has helped lower his ERA to 3.90 on the season.  The Cardinals need him now more than ever as they find themselves 6 games out of 1st and 2.5 games out of the wildcard race. If Wainwright is back, this could be the extra boost the Cardinals need to get to the postseason.

#6 – 1.711 ERA – Felix Hernandez – SEA

The King continues to show why he is always the hottest name that floats around during the trade deadline.  Felix is having another Cy Young worthy season, accounting for 20% of Seattle’s wins and only 8% of their losses.  He has a season ERA of 2.74 with a 1.10 WHIP.  Over the last 28 days he has a 4-0 record with 2 complete games.  He also owns the lowest WHIP on this list, with an incredibly low 0.772 WHIP over his last 6 games.  It seems to be a bit of a waste for the Mariner’s to hold on to him, but he loves Seattle, and they love him.  Imagine what this guy could do on a team with run support.

#5 – 1.486 ERA – David Price – TB

Price has been lights out almost this whole season, and the last 28 days have been no exception.  In his last 5 starts, he has gone 3-0 with a 0.908 WHIP. He has also struck out 41 batters in 36.3 innings.  Price continues to help the Rays make a push for the postseason, who now find themselves only 0.5 games back from the wildcard.  Price is possibly having his best season of his career, and barring injury, look for that to continue as they take over the Orioles in the AL East.

#4 – 1.467 ERA – Matt Moore – TB

Here’s another guy who had a disastrous start to the season and has made the necessary changes to become an elite pitcher over the last 2.5 months.  Moore came into this season as a sleeper and has shown why over the last 28 days, as he has gone 4-1 with a 1.04 WHIP.  He and Price have been the main reasons for the Rays recent success. In the past month, the Rays have a record of 15-10; Moore and Price have combined for a 7-1 record.  Moore is a future ace and he’s proving it now.

#3 – 1.406 ERA – Ben Sheets – ATL

Sheets’ last full season was in 2008, where he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA. The 34-year old has just joined the Braves this past month and has only started 5 games this season.  In these 5 games, Sheets is proving that he is back.  He has gone 4-1 and has struck out 23 batters in 32 innings.  As of right now, Atlanta finds themselves sitting in a wildcard spot.  They will need to have Sheets and the next guy on this list to continue producing in order to make it to the postseason.  Sheets will most likely have his ERA rise a bit before the end of the season, but there’s no reason to expect him to have a complete meltdown at this point.

#2 – 1.397 ERA – Paul Maholm – ATL

Maholm’s last 5 games have helped lower his ERA down to 3.50 on the season.  In that period, he has a 3-1 record and a 0.776 WHIP (second lowest WHIP on this list).  He has only started two games for the Braves, since being traded, going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA.  The Braves need as much help as possible and Maholm could end up being just what they needed.  He won’t keep up this pace, but a 3.50 ERA for the rest of the season isn’t out of the question.

#1 – 1.080 ERA – Mike Fiers – MIL

In the past 28 days, Fiers has a 3-1 record in 5 games, 30 strikeouts in 33.3 innings, 1.080 ERA, and a 0.930 WHIP.  Mike Fiers is something special.  This season he has started 12 games and has had 10 quality starts.  He has a 6-4 record and has also posted a 1.80 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, with 80 strikeouts in 80 innings.  The Brewers have said that they will keep a close eye on his innings and may cut him off at some point. He has never logged more than 94 innings in his baseball career.  The Brewers find themselves 11.5 games out of wildcard, so it only makes sense to cut him off.  For you fantasy baseball buffs, this is a kid to keep a close eye on.  For you in keeper leagues, he may be someone you should consider holding on to.

Check out my other writing at JoeBlowBaseball.com, too.

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The Hump Day Look See – The Friday Edition!

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The Hump Day Look See – The Friday Edition!

Posted on 08 June 2012 by J. Ellet Lambie

The Hump Day Look See is your weekly Wednesday foray into all things fantasy baseball. Sneaky stat lines, rapid risers, trends and tricks to help maximize your roster are all celebrated here. Equal parts analysis and common sense with a splash of humor, served fresh every Wednesday morning right here on Full Spectrum Baseball.

Well kids, I’m a little tardy this week, but we’re back to get you through your fantasy weekend with the adds & drops and diamonds in the rough. As with the actual baseball season, it’s reaching the point where it isn’t early anymore, and you need to sure up your lineups and rotations for the long haul.

We’ve seen enough to have a better feel for who’s real, and who isn’t. Sure, the odd mid-season star will emerge, but odds are he’s already made some noise at one point. The flashes in the pan have mostly sizzled out, the Mike Trout‘s and Bryce Harper‘s of the world are on big league rosters and playing everyday. So who’s movin and groovin the last two weeks? Glad you asked.

Top 10 Added Hitters in ESPN Standard Leagues – Last 14 Days:

Player % Add/Drop % owned Notes
Dexter Fowler COL – OF +62 97.8 Loads of talent, starting to materialize. Power has been above projections. You likely missed your window, but if he’s out there, make him yours.
Justin Smoak SEA – 1B +47.1 53.6 5 HR, 14 RBI in in his last 15. Smoakamotive is picking up steam in a big way. Still available in nearly 1/2 of leagues.
Gordon Beckham +40.9 53.4 On a 10 game hitting streak, 16-47 with 3 HR in that span. Tread lightly here, Beckham isn’t known for long-term consistency.
Carlos Quentin SD – OF +35 96.5 .481 with 5 bombs in his last 15. He’s a serious trade candidate next month, watch where he lands. IF he stays healthy, he’ll be key.
Quintin Berry DET – OF +29.8 33.5 27 yr old career Minor Leaguer found work with Austin Jackson hurt, has played his way into a job elsewhere in the outfield even after AJAX comes back.
Michael Brantley CLE – OF +28.5 78.5 #10 last week, 16 hits, 14 RBI and 3 steals in his last 15 games. He has the tools, won’t be under the radar much longer.
Paul Goldschmidt ARI – 1B +26.6 61.7 Kid has some serious power, 5 HR in his last 15 including a 481 ft bomb. Keep an eye on his platoon situation.
Allen Craig STL – OF/1B +26.1 93.8 Picked up where he left off upon returning from the DL. Dual eligibility and everyday playing time make him the real deal.
Jared Saltalamacchia BOS – C +23.1 49 Still sitting against lefties, still mashing against righties. .294 with 4 HR, 8 RBI in last 15.
Marco Scutaro COL – SS/2B +17.9 68.7 Steady and versatile across 5 categories with dual eligibility, 3 of his 6 steals in his last 15 games.

 

And the Yang of failure, also known as the 10 most dropped:

 

Andy Dirks DET – OF (DL) -70.1 19.4 Hit the DL at the worst possible time, but expected to return 6/15 after minimum stay. Kid can hit, and will.
Nick Markakis BAL – OF (DL) -34.5 65.5 Still 2-3 weeks away from returning (wrist surgery), keep him on your watch list. A strong 2nd half very likely in the cards.
Raul Ibanez NYY – OF/DH -27.7 58.2 .229, 0 HR, 3 RBI in his last 15. He ain’t getting younger, but then again, right field in Yankee stadium ain’t getting shorter. Expect the streakiness to continue.
Yonder Alonso SD – 1B/OF -26.3 19.9 Since his 10 game hitting streak ended 5/28 – .143 (7/49) with 3 RBI. Kid has big talent, but still plays for the Padres, and in Petco.
Carlos Lee HOU – 1B/OF (DL) -13.6 61.4 Eligible to return 6/18, unsure if he will. Should get healthy just in time to be traded.
Alex Avila DET – C (DL) -20.9 62.2 Tight hamstring shut him down, been banged up all year. Expect a minimum stay and a strong bat upon return. Was making solid contact to the gaps before his hiatus.
Brennan Boesch DET – OF -20.2 34.7 Has looked lost lately, 8-49 with 0 HR in his last 15. Might lose his starting job with Quintin Berry emerging.
Elliot Johnson TB – SS -18.8 10.3 Was a high riser, now with 5 hits since May 25th he’s just another middle infielder to shrug your shoulders over. Minimal power, XBH, RBI – you can do better.
Luke Scott TB – DH/OF -18.2 60.2 1 HR in his last 15, and let’s face it – if he’s not hitting bombs and driving in runs, he’s about useless.
Mitch Moreland TEX – 1B/OF -16.2 71 Had 2 hits last night, which doubled his total for the previous 10 games – enough said.

It’s garage sale season, and boy do I love me some bargains! Here’s the equivalent of a $1 alarm clock in this week’s   Five Under 50 - five players owned in less than 50% of ESPN standard leagues that can help your roster right now.

Quintin Berry DET – OF 35.4%: Berry became the first Detroit Tiger EVER to score 11 runs in his first 10 games in the bigs. EVER. I didn’t expect that either. He doesn’t have the pedigree, but he has the wheels and has produced in his injury induced audition. I expect he’ll not only stick with the big club, but in the top of the order in front of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Too bad you don’t record points for defensive gems, or else this kid would be the steal of the century.

Zack Cosart CIN – SS 26.4%: While he’s seen some peaks and valleys, this young man can flat out play. He won’t be straight line consistent, as rookies rarely are, but he provides a versatile set of tools that can enhance your entire 5 x 5. Contact hitter with an eye for the gaps, will swipe his fair share of bags and has some sneaky power. It’s getting warmer in Cincy, and the bandbox is gonna start rocking.

Doug Fister DET – SP 45.5%: He technically can’t help your team right now, as he’s still about a week away from rejoining the team (DL oblique strain). However, he’s out there in more than 1/2 of leagues and has dynamite stuff. He could return to the hill as soon as June 13. Remove his 2 outings impacted by injury and what do you have? 4 quality starts, 19/6 K/BB ratio. Twisted Fister was a beast in the 2nd half last year, I expect more of the same this time around.

Barry Zito SFG – SP 31.0%: I’m as skeptical as you are. I’ve seen him flounder, I’ve made the jokes. But the numbers are what the numbers are. Find me another guy with an ERA under 3.00 and 5 wins through 66 IP owned in less than 1/3 of leagues. The 39/28 K/BB ratio isn’t great, it ain’t even good, but it isn’t terrible. If he continues to move the ball and throw strikes there’s no reason he can’t continue this little renasaince.

Sergio Romo SFG – RP 20%: 3 saves since June 2nd, and it appears he’ll get the lions share of opportunities for now at least. 23 K’s in 16.2 innings pitched with a 0.54 ERA and 0.78 WHIP. Nursing a sublexed knee, but seems to be available tonight and going forward.

J. Ellet Lambie covers Fantasy Baseball and Card Collecting for Full Spectrum Baseball, and opines on the Detroit Tigers for Motor City Bengals. You can follow him on twitter @lembeck451. 

 

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Broadcasting for Dummies

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Broadcasting for Dummies

Posted on 17 May 2012 by Dennis Lawson

 

The Strike Zone of Angel Hernandez

One huge misconception perpetuated by broadcasters goes something like the following:

“The strike zone is terribly inconsistent, but as long as it’s the same for both teams that’s okay and fair.” 

Really?  That single absurdity may make an appearance at least once per series.  First, consider the “okay” part.  The notion that a professional broadcaster sees nothing wrong with an inconsistent strike zone seems very much at odds with what television viewers perceive.  After all, viewers have access to glorious high definition televisions which practically allow them to count the rotations of the baseball.  No longer do fans need to wait for the play-by-play guy to announce the type of pitch that was thrown.  The combination of watching the flight path in 2 dimensions and knowing the pitch speed pretty much gives it away.  Technological advancements like “Pitched Ball Went Here” and similar tools show approximately where the ball crossed home plate (or didn’t cross home plate).

While such technology contains an inherent degree of error, the error tends to be consistent throughout a game at most parks, so 2 pitches that appear almost identical from multiple angles and tracked flight path should both be called the same way.  So the notion that people should be “okay” with an obviously inconsistent strike zone simply befuddles me.

The idea that an inconsistent strike zone is in any way fair as long as both pitchers get the same treatment also boggles the mind.  If the home plate umpire has determined that a ball that crossed the plate right at the knees may not actually be a strike, then one pitcher likely gains an advantage over the other.

  • Scenario 1 – One pitcher stands 6’6″ tall, and the other might be 5’10″ on a good day.  Both are throwing in the low 90′s with their fastballs right at the knees.  Since the taller of the 2 pitchers typically has a much higher release point, the plane on which the ball appears to travel may give the umpire the impression that the ball crosses the plate slightly higher than it actually did.  Conversely, the shorter pitcher may appear to throw a much flatter pitch on a plane with a lower angle, and the umpire may perceive that a ball at the knees is actually slightly lower than it really was.
  • Scenario 2 – Pitcher 1 throws a really good sinker for about 40% of his pitchers.  Pitcher 2 throws a tight curve ball about 20% of the time that drops like a rock, and he often uses it as his strikeout pitch.  The home plate umpire has arbitrarily decided that today is “move the strike zone down” day.  The umpire gives both pitchers the benefit of the call just below the batter’s knees.  Both pitchers benefit, but they benefit in different ways.  The sinker ball pitcher gains the advantage of hitters chasing a low pitch that he throws quite frequently.  On the other hand, the guy with the great 12-6 curve gains an advantage far less frequently.  If he tries to adjust by throwing more curve balls, then the chances that he hangs 1 or 2 increases.
  • Scenario 3 – Bob throws practically over the top in his delivery while Tom practically slings the ball from a sidearm release.  The home plate umpire woke up that morning feeling a little “wide”, and that feeling carried over to the field.  When he starts calling balls and strikes, the strike zone appears to be about 3 inches wider than the plate on both sides.  While Bob has fine command of his pitches and has no problem locating them just off the plate, some of his small mistakes are hittable.  The side slinger, Tom, finds that he can throw just a bit wide or practically at a batter in some cases and get the called strike.  Batters that do swing at his pitches find themselves flailing away due to the horizontal movement his sidearm motion creates.

The habitual practice of repeating baseball “truths” without every really considering the implications needs to end.  Fallacies perpetuated by broadcaster after broadcaster require facts to combat the wave of ignorance spread by baseball’s version of Hanoi Hannah.  Let common sense rule the day.  Separate is not equal.

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Edwin Jackson To The Nats

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Edwin Jackson To The Nats

Posted on 02 February 2012 by Bill Ivie

The Washington Nationals have brought home one of the top remaining free agents.  Edwin Jackson will spend 2012 pitching in the nation’s capital.

According to our friends at MLB Trade Rumors, reports are a one year deal between eight and twelve million dollars.

Jackson has spent a lot of time bouncing around the league and last season found himself at the center of the trade that sent Colby Rasmus of the St. Louis Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Cardinals have turned multiple pieces in that trade into 2012 supplemental draft picks, including Jackson who is a Type B Free Agent.

An effective pitcher that projects as a number two or three guy in most rotations, Jackson has found the market decidedly thin and has obviously decided that a one year deal will allow him to drift back into the market and try his hand again next season.

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP SO/BB
2003 LAD 2 1 2.45 4 3 0 0 22.0 17 6 6 2 11 19 1.273 1.73
2004 LAD 2 1 7.30 8 5 0 0 24.2 31 20 20 7 11 16 1.703 1.45
2005 LAD 2 2 6.28 7 6 0 0 28.2 31 22 20 2 17 13 1.674 0.76
2006 TBD 0 0 5.45 23 1 0 0 36.1 42 27 22 2 25 27 1.844 1.08
2007 TBD 5 15 5.76 32 31 1 1 161.0 195 116 103 19 88 128 1.758 1.45
2008 TBR 14 11 4.42 32 31 0 0 183.1 199 91 90 23 77 108 1.505 1.40
2009 DET 13 9 3.62 33 33 1 0 214.0 200 93 86 27 70 161 1.262 2.30
2010 TOT 10 12 4.47 32 32 1 1 209.1 214 111 104 21 78 181 1.395 2.32
2010 ARI 6 10 5.16 21 21 1 1 134.1 141 80 77 13 60 104 1.496 1.73
2010 CHW 4 2 3.24 11 11 0 0 75.0 73 31 27 8 18 77 1.213 4.28
2011 TOT 12 9 3.79 32 31 1 1 199.2 225 92 84 16 62 148 1.437 2.39
2011 CHW 7 7 3.92 19 19 1 1 121.2 134 55 53 8 39 97 1.422 2.49
2011 STL 5 2 3.58 13 12 0 0 78.0 91 37 31 8 23 51 1.462 2.22
9 Seasons 60 60 4.46 203 173 4 3 1079.0 1154 578 535 119 439 801 1.476 1.82
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/2/2012.

Jackson may be worth a look in some leagues in the middle rounds.  Buying high on the journeyman may not be well advised, but taking a shot as your number two starter will yield above average results.

Bill Ivie is the co-founder of Full Spectrum Baseball and the founder of Ivie League Productions.

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