Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.74) vs. Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.79).
Edwin Jackson was a 19-year old Dodger prospect in 2003; he lasted three seasons with the Dodgers and posted a 6-4 record with a 5.50 ERA and a 75 ERA+. It wasn't until 2009, two stops later, when Jackson made an All-Star Game; he's languished overall with a career 4.57 ERA / 92 ERA+. With the Cubs the last two seasons, he's worse: 13-29 with a 5.31 ERA and a 73 ERA+. Still, given the issues with four and five in our rotation, including #4 starter Josh Beckett this afternoon, might we be singing "I Want You Back" to Jackson?
If you ask me, the register is just too high, even for Jackson. Not to mention that crazy sunburst collar. (The afro is sweet, however; Edwin should look into that.) With our exhausting of the bullpen yesterday night, it would be great if Beckett could go long and save some arms for the upcoming two-game "series" vs. the Angels. I'm not even asking for a no-hitter, Josh. Just a solid outing.
And then maybe we'd sing, "I Want You Beck(ett)".