Edwin Jackson struggling since 149-pitch no-hitter

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Yesterday afternoon Edwin Jackson turned in his third straight clunker of a start since no-hitting the Rays on June 25, taking a loss against the Padres by allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings.
Jackson has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings since the no-hitter, walking 11 batters while opponents hit .328 against him. It’d be easy to point to throwing 149 pitches in the no-hitter as the reason for his struggles, but while that surely hasn’t helped matters Jackson was struggling long before the stress of that heavy workload.
He was 4-6 with a 5.05 ERA before the no-hitter and if you remove that one game from his season totals Jackson has a 5.35 ERA and 88/50 K/BB ratio in 114.1 innings overall. And really, he didn’t even pitch all that well during the no-hitter, allowing nine baserunners and needing 149 pitches to record 27 outs.
Of course, Dallas Braden is 0-5 since his no-hitter and is currently on the disabled list, and Armando Galarraga was demoted to Triple-A just six starts after his imperfect game.

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.