he has now won 6 consecutive decisions; here's his line over that span:
this is starting to vaguely resemble mulder's 2d-half success in 2005, wherein all his peripherals suggested he had no business getting hitters out . . . . yet he kept getting hitters out. you look at jason's line here --more walks than strikeouts, a piddling 3.1 strikeouts/9, a flat ground-fly ratio -- and you think: can't last. his BABIP remains unsustainably low, at .242 -- no pitcher on earth can keep that up. but -- as happened with mulder last season -- at a certain point you have to stop arguing with success. i'm not there with marquis yet, but if i see a few more 7- or 8-inning, 2-walk performances, i'll be a lot more inclined to suspend disbelief and -- in the immortal words of danup's mom -- just go with it.
in the meantime, beware the demonic jason, the five-walks-two-homers monster who always lurks within 21's jersey. that creature is exactly like his namesake from friday the 13th; you can never kill him. he always rises from the dead to terrorize you anew.
ev'yone's favorite mound prospect, mr reyes, had an off night but still notched a win -- rather marquis-like of him, no? one rung below, chris lambert turned in another very impressive outing -- 7ip, 2h, 0r, 2w, 8k. in his last 8 starts, lambert has put up a 4-2 record, 3.45 era, and 45-19 k/w ratio; maybe he's finally getting the hang of double a. let's hope so.
and DCGreg's secret is out of the bag: trey hearne fired 6 innings of no-run, 10-strikeout ball for quad cities last night. if you're just jumping aboard the bandwagon (plenty of room!), get up to speed here. last night's win brings hearne's era down to 2.74; he has 49 ks (vs only 9 walks) in 46 innings. since joining the rotation last month, hearne has made four starts with these results: 22ip, 17h, 2r, 4w, 25k. he also retired 22 consecutive men at one point earlier this season as a reliever.
last minor-league note: here's a profile of blake hawksworth.