Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves has now made two appearances in the 2012 season and has yet to record a single out… I haven’t done any fact checking to see who else we might have out there at the moment with multiple appearances and an infinite ERA – but I’m sure this is (for the time being) an elite club.
Duane Below – recording only a single out – got his second win in as many days … and if any Tigers pitcher deserved it, he’s probably the one. Why? Because striking out Adrian Gonzalez with men on to stop the bleeding (with what must have been a pretty tired arm) is a pretty impressive bit of clutch pitching.
While we’re all hoping that Austin Jackson‘s new swing will help him cut down on strikeouts so that he doesn’t need a sky high BABIP just to get on base a reasonable percentage of the time, that was not in evidence today. In 6 at-bats, Jackson struck out twice (33.3% of the time…). Of course, this is Austin Jackson, so it should come as no big surprise that his BABIP in those other four at-bats was 1.000. For the series, Jackson finished with 2 walks 3 strikeouts and 8 hits on 11 balls-in-play. Is BABIP a tool? Yes. Does Jackson possess that tool? Yes. And, somewhat sadly, 3 strikeouts in 16 plate appearances does represent a big improvement – small sample and all.