Royals 9, Devil Rays 4.
Only Edwin Jackson could throw up a stinker and make the Kansas City Royals look like the ’75 Reds.
After Saturday’s loss, Edwin Jackson is now 0-7 in 10 starts and has not won a game in 33 appearances since being acquired from the Dodgers. His last win came on Sept. 26, 2005, as a member of the Dodgers. How much longer can the Rays allow Jackson to go to the mound and give up 6 runs and not be able to complete 4 innings?
Promoting two minor leaguers and inserting them into a major league rotation at the same time is a major shake-up for any team. The major league experience of JP Howell helps ease the transition, but Andy Sonnanstine only has 11 starts above AA. At what point does the team give up on Jackson, move him to the bullpen and insert a third pitcher from Durham into the rotation? If the move is made sooner, rather than later, it will undoubtedly be Jason Hammel who has major league experience.
On Saturday Jackson could not even finish the 4th inning against one of the weakest hitting teams in baseball, who were also missing their only real offensive threat, Mike Sweeney. We can’t imagine Joe Maddon and the Rays will allow more than one or two more outings like that.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- Akinori Iwamura who batted leadoff for the first time as a member of the Devil Rays, was removed from the game one inning after a foul ball bounced up and hit him in the eye. He is expected to miss 4-5 games.
- After Saturday’s loss, Edwin Jackson is now 0-7 in 11 starts since being acquired from the Dodgers. His last win came on Sept. 26, 2005.
- Josh Paul was moved to the 60-day DL. A player on the 60-day DL does not count towards the 40-man roster, so when Jon Switzer was activated from the 60-day DL, the move became necessary.
- Interleague play is back next weekend and the Rays pitchers will need to swing the lumber. James Shields is considered the Rays best hitting pitcher and went 3-8 last year.