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.”

Dustin Pedroia leaves game with a sprained left wrist

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Bad news for the Red Sox today. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was involved in a collision at first base with Jose Abreu of the White Sox. Pedroia stayed in the game at the time but was replaced by Josh Rutledge in the second.

The injury: sprained left wrist. Which, no, is not good, but there was some initial concern that he may have aggravated the knee which has been bothering him of late. They’ll no doubt provide an update after the game. As of now, the Sox lead the Sox 1-0 in the bottom of the third.

 

Brad Ausmus is not a fan of the Tigers’ schedule

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Everyone in baseball has a tough schedule. The season is a grind. Some teams, however, due to weather and happenstance, have stretches which are a tougher grind than others. The Tigers are in one of those right now.

Detroit played the Astros on Thursday night, and lost in a three-hour and thirty minute contest. It was a getaway day, er, night, and they didn’t get to Chicago to face the White Sox until the wee wee hours of the morning on Friday. Waiting for them: a double header which was to start at 4pm. The first game of it was rained out, though, so they woke up after a short “night’s sleep for nothing. Then the nightcap was delayed over an hour, giving them another late bedtime. On Saturday it was another double header, so it was another early wakeup and another long day at the park. And, of course, another day game on Sunday, before a flight to Kansas City.

This stretch has made Brad Ausmus grumpy. Here he was after Friday night’s late finish:

“Give some credit to the White Sox pitchers, give some credit to the schedule we have. We’ll try to get about 5 hours of sleep and come back tomorrow and play two more.”

He was particularly miffed at the scheduling of two doubleheaders in a row:

“You can’t control the weather but I think it would have been prudent to play the second game tomorrow in August,” he said. “That would have made a lot more sense to me.”

Ausmus did note, however, that it’s not the White Sox’ job to make a schedule that is convenient for their division rivals.

You can look at this in a few different ways. One one level, Ausmus is understandably upset about a particularly arduous stretch of games. On another level he’s probably trying to protect his players, who have looked flat, by changing the subject from their play to the schedule. On a different level, you could say that he’s making excuses for a team that is underachieving. And, of course, those three things are not mutually exclusive.

The thing is, though, that the Tigers have lost seven of ten, are five out of first place, four games under .500 and could conceivably leave their series with the Royals this week in dead last in the Central. Ultimately, extenuating circumstances like the weather and an unfortunate schedule don’t save a manager whose talented and highly-paid team struggles like the Tigers have. If they don’t turn it around soon, Ausmus could be hitting the bricks and the Tigers could be fixing to sell off and rebuild.