According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks will give Edwin Jackson two extra days of rest, pushing his next scheduled start back to next Friday against the Dodgers.
Jackson threw 149 pitches in his no-hitter against the Rays on Friday night, the highest pitch count in one game since Livan Hernandez threw 150 pitches on June 3, 2005.
It’s often stated as gospel that such an inflated pitch count will mean that a pitcher will fare worse in their next start or have an increased chance at injury. I have no evidence one way or the other on that one — in fact, J.C. Bradbury finds a pretty negligible difference — but for a team that is buried in last place in the National League West, there’s no need for the Diamondbacks to push their luck.
An interesting side note, Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com hears that the Nationals were exploring a trade for Jackson. The 26-year-old right-hander avoided arbitration with the Diamondbacks by signing a two-year, $13.5 million contract in February. He will make $8.35 million next season before becoming a free agent for the first time.
It’s already been established that the Blue Jays would throw deadline acquisition David Price in Game 1 of their ALDS matchup against the Rangers and fast-rising right-hander Marcus Stroman in Game 2.
Now we know how they’ll fill out the rest of their rotation for the best-of-five round …
John Lott of the National Post notes that R.A. Dickey threw a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, which lines him up for a potential ALDS Game 4 next Monday in Texas. Marco Estrada will take Game 3 on Sunday night in Arlington.
Mark Buehrle retired after his final regular-season start, so he’s obviously out of the mix.
Toronto is the World Series favorite to many as the postseason gets underway.
Yasiel Puig appeared in just 79 games during the regular season and missed all of September with a right hamstring strain. He returned on October 3 and appeared in the Dodgers’ final two regular-season games, but that doesn’t mean he is anywhere close to 100 percent heading into the NLDS.
Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles says the Dodgers are unlikely to start Puig over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford against right-handers in the best-of-five Division Series. And the Mets are scheduled to throw three righties in the first three games: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey. The only left-hander in the Mets’ postseason rotation is Steven Matz, and he is somewhat questionable with a back injury.
Would it make sense to leave Puig off the NLDS roster entirely? If he does aggravate the hamstring injury, which seems possible even in a limited role, that would put him out of the mix for the NLCS.
They could send Puig to Arizona and have him face live pitching for the next 8-10 days.
But that’s just a suggestion. It doesn’t sound like it’s actually a consideration.