Edwin Jackson is a name that just won’t go away. Jackson’s career dates all the way back to 2003 with the Dodgers. He was still pitching well last season in a comeback season of sorts with the Athletics in 2018. Jackson made 17 strong starts and finished with an ERA of 3.33 ERA, which guaranteed that he was still going to be paid to pitch this season. A team that needed a spot to fill in their rotation with something cheap was going to be a perfect fit for Jackson.
The Blue Jays are in rebuilding mode and aren’t in a position to want to bring on big money contracts. Enter Jackson who was traded form the Athletics to the Blue Jays a few weeks ago. The A’s didn’t have a spot for him and the Jays needed something to fill in their depth.
He’s nothing more than a guy to plug up the rotation with a band-aid for the moment. Kudos for having this kind of longevity in the major leagues, though. It might look easy, but that kind of miles on a shoulder can add up. The Blue Jays are his 14th major league team, the most by any player in major league history. He is just one shy of playing with half of every team in the league. At this point, he might as well go ahead and find his 15th team.
His career in Toronto has been off to a rough start, though, so he may need to find his stroke if he wants to make it another season in 2020. The 35-year-old appears to be running on fumes as he goes into Coors Field on Friday. He will have a tricky matchup against the Rockies, who just scored 11 runs in a 11-10 win last night. German Marquez will counter for the Rockies to get the series started on Friday evening. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Rockies pick.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Colorado Rockies Pick:
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Jackson will look to cool off a Rockies’ offense at home who just killed the ball against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. The Rockies outlasted the Diamondbacks in the 10th inning, as they got an RBI single from Daniel Murphy to sweep the D-Backs. Awful showing by the Diamondbacks in Colorado.
It’s been a nice ride for the Rockies recently, as they seek to get back in the mix of the NL West. They dug themselves a pretty good hole, though, and are in a 9-game deficit behind the Dodgers. It’s been all sunshine for them recently, as they head into tonight with five straight wins. They are also winners in six of their last seven outings. Offensively everyone knows they can put up runs like anyone else in the majors, especially at Coors Field. However, their pitching has to be better on a consistent basis.
The Diamondbacks got to Kyle Freeland immediately with 3 runs in the top of the 1st. It took no time at all for the Rockies to respond, though, as they racked up 3 runs to tie the ball game up in the bottom half of the inning. Daniel Murphy had the winning single and led the Rockies with 3 RBI’s in the win. They should be able to give Edwin a lot of issues tonight. If they come to play, he’s going to have a long night in Denver.
Jackson has made three starts this season and has struggle with an ERA of 9.00. He has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 9 innings on the hill. The biggest issue for him in Colorado is likely going to be the long ball. He just gave up 3 home runs to a weaker Padre offense in Toronto. I don’t see how that improves much against the Rockies in this environment. They could certainly have another big showing at the plate in this one.
German Marquez hopes to see better results than his earlier starts at Coors Field this year. Marquez has posted an ERA of 5.40 with a 1.60 WHIP and .350 OBA at home. He recently got pushed around by the Orioles, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs in 6.1 innings in his latest outing.
Marquez dodged a major bullet against the Padres in his start at home before. He gave up 10 hits in 5.2 inning and somehow got out of it with just 2 runs allowed. Marquez did the same in his next outing vs the Red Sox, but paid for it with 5 earned runs. If he doesn’t escape that jam against San Diego, his ERA would be higher than the 5.40 that he is currently sporting. The Rockies are too expensive here, but the OVER should hit regardless at Coors Field on Friday night.