Chicago White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson dominated the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while fanning 13.
After two starts this season, the 27-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 12.9 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9. Given his uninspiring career totals before today’s gem (4.61 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 6.71 K/9, 3.87 BB/9 in 88 1/3 innings), one can’t help but wonder: Is Edwin Jackson’s spectacular start legit?
Game No. 25 on our ambitious journey featured two young, talented hurlers and a two-homer game from a red-hot fantasy afterthought.
Game No. 25 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds
• Corey Hart went 3-for-4 two two solo homers Monday night, his third and fourth long balls in the last three games. The Brewers’ right fielder is batting .287 with seven homers, 19 RBI and three steals through 30 games this season...
Game No. 12 in our journey to score 162 games this summer featured an Alfonso Soriano spotting and an unlikely performance from a less than desirable pitcher.
Game No. 12 – Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs
Carlos Silva pitched the game of his life on Friday against the Astros, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and zero walks in seven innings. The 31-year-old also struck out five.
Silva, who has a 4.70 career ERA, sports a 0.69 ERA and 0.62 WHIP through two starts. Some Cubs fans will tell you his early success is a direct result of Greg Maddux’s tutelage. This Insider, however, is chalking it up to pure dumb luck.