Commentary

Jackson could struggle; Cecil may shine

Updated: May 14, 2009, 4:35 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider

Continuing Ed

Tigers starter Edwin Jackson faces the woeful Oakland Athletics lineup on Friday, but don't expect lots of strikeouts even if he does well. Jackson's 2.60 ERA is a product of his remarkable ability to get hitters to swing at "bad" pitches -- ones that are out of the strike zone. His 33.0 percent chase percentage leads all starters in the majors this year, but the A's don't strike out nor chase pitches that often (both rates are fifth lowest in the AL). The A's just can't, as the old adage goes, hit the ball where the fielders ain't. This start looks favorable on paper, but there's a good chance that Jackson's strength will be neutralized.


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