Edwin Jackson- ARI- Cold- Jackson got squashed yesterday at Coors Field, getting charged with 10 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 IP. At this point in the season it skews his stats way out of whack, but there are still some things to look at. The 6.67 ERA is not representative after that performance. However, it is influenced by a .344 BABIP, so luck may be a factor here. On the other hand, with an extreme GB% of 55.9% and a HR/FB ratio of 12.0%, there could be some tough times for Jackson unless he does a better job of keeping the ball in the park once the GB% evens out a bit. He is keeping the BB/9 under 3, if just barely at 2.86 but definitely needs to improve the K/9 from its current 5.40. The bottom line is that Jackson is looking a lot more like the tentative pitcher he was before his breakout year of 2009. That is not a good thing for your fantasy team.
Troy Glaus- ATL- Cold- Glaus went 0-for-3, dropping his average right to the Mendoza line. He did walk twice, though, bringing his BB% up to 12.0%. That is still below Glaus’ mark in his prime and his K% of 29.2% is above where you’d want him in that category. The shoulder injury may have taken the power out of Glaus’ bat. He has hit only 2 homers and has a FB% of only 34.8%. The trends for Glaus are not good so far this season.
Trevor Hoffman- MIL- Cold- It’s still only April and that’s the main thing that is keeping me from writing Hoffman off. Yesterday was his latest poor performance, giving up 5 runs and losing the game after 1 inning of work. It was Hoffman’s 3rd blown save in 8 appearances in 2010. He has been scored on in 5 of those appearances. He has struck out only 4 batters in 8 IP. He has yet to have as many ground balls as fly balls in any of his 2010 appearances and has allowed 5 homers already. It certainly appears at this point that the greatness that Hoffman had over a spectacular career has departed.
Michael Bourn- HOU- Hot- Bourn went 2-for-3 with a stolen base to raise his average to .344. A large component of that average is a .429 BABIP, but Bourn has a 14.9% BB%, so if he can keep control of the strike zone the landing once regression to the mean kicks in might not be so hard. Bourn is ahead of last year’s pace of 61 steals in terms of both steals per game and per plate appearance, so he will give a lot of help in that difficult category.
Livan Hernandez- WAS- Hot- Hernandez raised his record to 3-1 with a stunning performance against the Cubs. In Wrigley Field, Hernandez allowed a run on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 1 in 7 IP. He is the poster child for good luck, having a BABIP of .180 and LOB% of 99.2%. Hernandez is a “sell high” candidate if ever there was one and if you ever gave into the temptation to “buy low.” It is just a matter of time before midnight strikes on this Cinderella season.
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