The loss may come as a bit of a surprise considering this was Jackson’s first loss to the Pirates in seven career starts, according to Cubs.com. ”I felt I made one mistake that inning and that was the double,” Jackson told Cubs.com after the game. “…With a team like we have that’s capable of doing the things we can, if that’s a rough inning and you give up two runs, then I’ll take that. It’s just a tough one for us tonight.”
Although Jackson wasn’t able to provide the Cubs with the kind of pitching that they need, it’s far too early to give up on him. While the Cubs took a loss against the Pirates, it really wasn’t a bad outing for Jackson. The 29-year-old gave up just three hits, one walk, two earned runs and struck out five batters. Giving up two runs isn’t terrible either, but his team failed to back him up with some run support.
Some of the fault of the loss could fall on shortstop Starlin Castro as well considering he made a fielding error that allowed the Pirates to score. That’s not Jackson’s fault; he must rely on his teammates to support his pitching.
With that being said, there’s still hope that Jackson can provide the Cubs with some solid pitching he demonstrated last year with the Washington Nationals, where he earned a record of 10-11. Let’s hope he can show Chicago the pitching he’s really capable of.
Jackson will try to redeem himself on Monday as he takes the mound at the home opener at Wrigley Field as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers.