What they're saying about Edwin Jackson's no-hitter

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Some assorted reaction and befuddlement to Edwin Jackson’s no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night.

  • Jon Paul Morosi: “I’ll admit that the final tally — 149 pitches, eight walks — looks a
    little absurd. But 2010 is the “Year of the 0.” We witnessed three perfect games
    (unofficially) in less than one month. A no-hitter? Routine.”
  • A.J. Hinch: “You do want to make smart decisions, but you do have a chance at
    history and you don’t want to take it away from him. And that’s for everybody involved, from the team, to the fans, to
    anybody that was included in this game. It was the most bizarre
    no-hitters you’ll ever be around.”
  • Joe Maddon: “He throws 68 pitches after just three innings and settles in and
    pitches like he did? You’ve got to give him a lot of
    credit. He’s a horse and a great athlete. He’s a great kid and he
    deserved to do that tonight. Hats off to him; he’s a wonderful man.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “After the fifth, I looked up there, and I was like,
    ‘Wow, after all
    this, there’s still no hits?”
  • Mel Stottlemeyer: “I was kind of kidding that he was an error and eight walks away from
    having a perfect game.”
  • Eric Stangel: “Edwin Jackson throws no-no. There are now more
    pitchers who have thrown a no hitter this season than those who haven’t
    .”
  • Joe Lemire: “Thus, the smart move for the Diamondbacks, who are already 14.5 games
    out of first place and would need a miracle to contend for the playoffs
    this season, would be to give Jackson a few extra days before his next
    outing or skip that next start altogether.”
  • Edwin Jackson: “If he wants to skip me (in the rotation), that’s fine. If he just wants to give
    me a day off, that’s fine, too.”
  • Rob Neyer: “For baseball, it means another chance to trumpet the effectiveness of
    its drug policy. Hitting isn’t down nearly as much this season as you
    might think (or as you’ve been told) … but it’s down some, and last
    year it was down from the year before. We’ve seen four no-hitters
    already this season and while we might not see another, this does seem
    to be a new era, an era in which pitchers will somewhat regularly do
    incredible things. Even pitchers like Dallas Braden and Jackson.”

Rangers, Rougned Odor finalize contract extension

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The Texas Rangers announced today that they have finalized a six-year, $49.5 million extension for second baseman Rougned Odor. There is an option for a seventh year that could bring the deal to $52.5 million. That a deal was done was reported over the weekend by Jon Heyman and Evan Grant.

The deal covers Odor’s first three years of arbitration eligibility. Odor had previously agreed to a $563,180 salary for 2017.

The 23-year-old second baseman tallied 33 home runs, 88 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored in 150 games last season.

2017 Preview: Our Predictions

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By now I don’t need to tell you how silly it is to predict the outcome of a baseball season in which over 2,400 baseball games are played by over a thousand players, all of whom are subject to injury and/or wild variation from past performance or reasonable expectations. Baseball is freakin’ chaos, my friends. And while that is one of the top things to recommend it, it’s also the thing that makes predicting its outcomes a fool’s errand.

Let no one say that Bill, Ashley and I aren’t fools. We’re gonna make our picks anyway, because that’s what we do:

 

ASHLEY’S PREDICTIONS

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Mariners
AL Wild Cards: Astros, Blue Jays

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Giants
NL Wild Cards: Mets, Dodgers

ALCS: Astros vs. Indians
NLCS: Giants vs. Nationals
World Series: Astros vs. Nationals … Nationals win!

AL MVP: Mookie Betts
NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL CYA: Chris Sale
NL CYA: Madison Bumgarner
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson
AL MOY: A.J. Hinch
NL MOY: Bruce Bochy

 

BILL’S PREDICTIONS

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Astros
AL Wild Cards: Rangers, Blue Jays

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
NL Wild Cards: Mets, Cardinals

ALCS: Indians vs. Rangers
NLCS: Cubs vs. Dodgers
World Series: Dodgers vs. Rangers, Dodgers win in five games.

AL MVP: Manny Machado
NL MVP: Corey Seager
AL CYA: Chris Sale
NL CYA: Noah Syndergaard
AL ROY: Yoan Moncada
NL ROY: Dansby Swanson
NOTE: Bill did not pick Manager of the Year recipients because he is a communist who does not believe in honoring those who benefit from the labor of others. Then I shamed him about it on Twitter, so he pitched A.J. Hinch and Dusty Baker.

 

CRAIG’S PREDICTIONS

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Astros
AL Wild Cards: Mariners, Tigers

NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
NL Wild Cards: Mets, Giants

ALCS: Red Sox vs. Indians
NLCS: Cubs vs. Dodgers
World Series: Red Sox vs. Cubs, Cubs win in seven games

AL MVP: Mookie Betts
NL MVP: Yoenis Cespedes
AL CYA: Justin Verlander
NL CYA: Clayton Kershaw
AL ROY: Andrew Benintendi
NL ROY: Hunter Renfroe
AL MOY: A.J. Hinch
NL MOY: Joe Maddon

Mark it down, you guys. And then please forget it, because we’re gonna pretend these predictions never happened come October.