2014 has not been kind to Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. Yesterday Jackson was unable to get out of the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves, surrendering nine earned runs on seven hits and four walks in just 3.2 innings. Jackson’s ERA is now a robust 5.64 on the year.
Jackson has receive a lot of bad press this season for his struggles, but before yesterday’s loss (his 10th of the season), he had an ERA of 3.75 in the month of July and was 4-2 with an ERA of 3.86 at Wrigley Field.
Edwin Jackson has struggled the most this year early in the game and early in the count. Here is what his opponents are hitting against him in these situations, per ESPN.com.
First 15 pitches of game
Early in counts and early in games Edwin Jackson has been down right bad. But his numbers are dramatically better when he goes deeper into counts and deeper into games. This trend suggests that Jackson is struggling with his focus or the jitters. It is fairly common for some pitchers to “need an inning to warm up”, meaning that they need an inning to get comfortable out on the mount and find their groove. Unfortunately, there’s no sure fire way to help a pitcher get over that hump. However, focus is a very coachable problem and it starts with confidence and being committed to every pitch you make.
The Cubs pitching coach, Chris Bosio, is one of the best in the business. His work this year with Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jake Arrieta has been fantastic. All three are experiencing career years and Bosio has played a huge rule in their success. If there is anyone who can right-the-ship for Jackson, it is Chris Bosio.
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