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Despite Loss, Jackson Off to a Good Start in August

August 10th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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For the majority of the 2014 season, Edwin Jackson has been down right awful.  However, the Chicago Cubs’ 30 year old starter has pitched significantly better in the month of August thanks to a quality start against the Los Angeles Dodgers a week ago and yesterday’s outing against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jackson picked up the loss but threw six innings and allowed just three earned runs (4 R).

Month:

April

May

June

July

August

ERA:

5.24

4.30

6.23

7.50

3.75

# of Starts

6

5

5

6

2

(stats per ESPN.com)

PETCOTA Projections believes that Edwin Jackson will sustain his new found success as they predict that he will post a 4.20 ERA over his remaining ten starts. Admittedly, not a great ERA but it is an improvement over the 5.61 ERA that he currently sports.

There is no disputing that Jackson has not pitched to his potential this season but the numbers indicate that it may not be all his fault. According to baseball-reference.com, teams are scoring an average of 4.11 runs per game in 2014 while the Cubs have given Jackson just 3.58 runs of support in his 24 starts. Yesterday’s game marked the 13th start in which Jackson has received three or fewer runs of support, and included in those 13 starts is the entire month of May (5 starts). However, Jackson’s demise has ultimately been his inability to throw strikes. As discussed in a pervious article, walks are a pitcher’s worst enemy and Edwin Jackson has been giving them up like they’re going out of style. Jackson is tied for 4th in the league in walks surrendered (56) and has only pieced together three starts in which he walked no one.

Going forward, harping on Edwin Jackson to pitch better is only going to create more problems, if it does anything at all. He is a professional and he goes about his business accordingly. He will also be a member of the Chicago Cubs for the remainder of the season, without exception. So rather than dwelling on his past, here’s to finishing strong!

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