Edwin Jackson is not that different statistically from Joe Blanton. The 28-year old Jackson has a 4.40 ERA and a 1.438 career WHIP. Blanton is 31 and a career 4.37 ERA and 1.336 WHIP. Jackson’s BAA is .271 and has struck out 969; Blanton’s BAA is .274 and he’s struck out 978 batters.
In 2008, Felix Hernandez threw 2093 fastballs at an average speed of 94.5. Last season, he was down to 746 fastballs at an average speed of 92.5. Batters hit .278 off the fastball in 2008 and .207 last season.
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