The alternative title I considered for this week's update was "Anything You Can Suck at I Can Suck at Better". Consider: the Babes had zero home runs; the Abes had a 7.25 ERA; the Abes batted 0.212 and won that category. But in the end, both teams sucked the same amount, and Week 11 ended in another sister-kissing tie.
Not that Edwin Jackson didn't do all he could to help the Abes lose. While some may think I pick on Jackson too much (read here), I think he again warrants our special attention given his start last Wed vs the Padres:
|Edwin Jackson (L, 0-8)||0.1||5||5||5||2|
Jackson (0-8, 8.20 ERA) - hereforeto be called "Edin Jackson" until he gets a W - has been so consistently crappy that he has not one but two outside chances at immortality:
- Most losses without a win to start a season (13, Anthony Young)
- Worst ERA for a pitcher with 15 or more decisions (8.25, Hideo Nomo)
But the bottom line is that the Babes performed so poorly that the Abes had a rare chance at victory - and blew it. In fact both teams were so bad that this week's Player of the Week award is about as meaningful as being named the most talented Baldwin brother. Nonetheless, the award goes to Ted Lilly (W, 8IP, 1ER, 3Ks).
Here are the Scoreboards (behold the difference Jackson makes):
The Babes lead the Abes in Weeks Won 7-2-2
With 15 weeks left in the regular season, there's still time for the Devil Rays to pull Jackson from the rotation and give the Abes a fighting chance. Because remember - you can't spell "Edwin Jackson" without "No Wins".