Jackson follows up no hitter

by Dirty on July 2, 2010

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson kicks off a super July 4th weekend that is sure to be filled with fireworks on the diamond. Here the Friday preview from BroburySports.com.

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Jackson had one of the most unbelievable performances in MLB history last Friday at Tampa Bay. Not only did he throw a no-hitter against his former team, but he did it while throwing 149 pitches and issuing eight walks.

Arizona wasn’t happy about his pitch count, but it’s not like the manager can take him out in that situation. Jackson was pushed back a couple of days to Friday and now has a full week to rest.

The Dodgers are the competition and they’ll be sending Japanese righty Hiroki Kuroda to the mound. L.A. has won the two starts he’s made against Arizona this year. He’s a combined 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in those outings.

Arizona is basically out of the NL West race. Los Angeles, Colorado and San Francisco are all chasing surprising San Diego.

This game is at Even -110 odds.

Chicago White Sox (+160) at Texas Rangers

The scheduled pitching matchup on Friday is Chicago’s Freddy Garcia (8-3, 4.66 ERA) vs. Texas’ Colby Lewis (7-5, 3.28 ERA). Texas is the big -180 favorite.

Both of these teams got real hot in June. For Texas, it meant opening up a lead in the AL West. For Chicago, it meant getting back in the AL Central race and avoiding a potential fire sale – for now!

Chicago has won Garcia’s last six starts and nine of his last 10. Lewis is having a great season since coming back from Japan. His record should be a lot better given his ERA.

San Francisco Giants (-125) at Colorado Rockies

The scheduled pitching matchup on Friday is San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum (8-3, 3.13 ERA) vs. Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin (4-7, 3.51 ERA). San Fran should be around a -125 favorite

Both of these teams are solid at home, but have trouble on the road. With San Diego playing well both home and away, something needs to change for them to make a run.

Lincecum is trying to rebound after getting hit around by Boston at home last Sunday. He only threw 79 pitches, so there’s speculation that something could have been physically wrong. The Giants had won his four previous starts, with the righty going 3-0.

Chacin has pitched well overall, but Colorado has lost seven of his last nine starts.

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