Jesse had an amazing rookie season in 2008 with a 2.25 ERA in 69 games. He didn't have as good a year this year 4.66 ERA in 73 games. Jesse started off well, he had a 1.23 ERA on May 3rd. I felt he was over used. His delivery is pretty deceptive, but showing it too much loses some of the value, but he was a favorite of Cito's.
He is a favorite of mine too, even before he stood up to the Yankees and dared throw behind Jorge Posada after a a pair of series where the Yankee pitchers were using the Jay batters for target practice. The 3 game suspension worked out well, Jesse needed a some games off.
A lefty, Jesse had more trouble with left handed batters (.272/.333/.421) than right handers (.247/.304/.411), so might not be the best choice for a one out lefty type. His numbers from last year:
|2009 - Jesse Carlson||1-6||73||0||0||0||0||3||67.2||67||37||35||7||21||51||4.66||1.30|
Bill James has predicted him for a 4-4, 3.90, 71 game season, with 21 walks and 59 strikeouts.
CHONE guesses 4-3, 4.14, 64 games, 21 walks, 50 K's.
So what do you see Jesse doing for us?