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Jackson gone, HBP are up

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Steven Jackson (acquired in the Randy Johnson trade several years ago), was designated for assignment (to make room for Kevin Cash) and claimed by the Pirates. Pittsburgh seems to have a love affair with our Triple-A pitchers. They traded for Dan McCutchen, Jeff Karstens and Ross Ohlendorf last year, then traded for Eric Hacker last week, and now have added Steven Jackson.


- Pitchers are hitting batters at a higher rate now than at any point in history. Once for every 106 PA this decade. Part of that is due to the watering-down of pitching, but a significant part is due to the supposed need pitchers have to scare hitters.