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The resurgence of Chris Jakubauskas

By – Danny Ferrara

While his overall numbers for the season are not where he would have liked them to be, Chris Jakubauskas is making a strong push towards correcting his distorted statistics.

For the season, Jakubauskas is 2-2 with a 4.92 ERA in 28 games, 6 of them being starts. Opponents are batting .307 against the 32 year old, who has surrendered 83 hits in 67.2 innings pitched. His WHIP sits at 1.60, an astronomical number for a pitcher who is used mainly out of the bullpen, which places him 10th in the big leagues for pitchers eligible as relievers who have thrown more than 40 innings on the season. The sad part is that some of his team mates are ahead of him on that list, including Jason Berken, Kevin Gregg, and newly acquired Jo-Jo Reyes.

When you look at Jakubauskas’ split stats, however, a few things jump out at you. The first is that his numbers are essentially the same on the road and at home – on the road he is 1-1 with a 4.83 ERA and at home he is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA. The second is that lefties are batting .345 against the right handed thrower, and righties are hitting a much lower .278 – he usually gets into trouble because he can not get any lefties out.

Since the all-star break, however, Jakubauskas appears to have things figured out. In his 15 appearances since the mid-summer classic, he has a 2.19 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched. If you dig deeper you will realize that he was lights out in the month of August, which as by far his best month of the season. In 17 innings in August, Jakubauskas had a 1.06 ERA and opponents batted just .217 against him. His previous lowest ERA for a month was 4.94 in June, so that was outdone in a major way. He also posted his highest strikeout to walk ratio for a single month during August, 3.5-1.

The Baltimore Orioles have a major problem on the pitching staff, so if Jakubauskas finishes off the year strong and gets his numbers down to respectable values, he will cement his place in the O’s bullpen for the 2012 season. With Baltimore being 28 games out of first place in the American League East and 27.5 games out of the American League Wild Card race, it is safe to say that the month of September is solely to figure things out for the future. Perhaps some guys can step up at the end of this season and make a case for playing time or an extended role in the near future.

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