Edwin Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Chicago Cubs this past offseason. The 29-year-old will attempt to earn his first win as a Cub against his former team, the Washington Nationals, on Saturday afternoon.
Last season, Jackson suited up for the Nationals, posting a 10-11 record with a 4.03 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 189.2 innings of work. Following the season, the starting pitcher bolted for the Windy City and it hasn’t gone well since his arrival.
Jackson is still searching for his first win of the season. In his last outing, he gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings against the Cincinnati Reds. He will try again on Saturday afternoon in his return to the Nation’s capital.
The Cubs starter has posted an 0-5 record with a 6.39 ERA over his first seven starts this season. He has fallen victim to at least one bad inning in each of his starts this season. If Jackson can get past that inning, he may have the chance to become victorious on Saturday. In his only start against the Nationals over his career, he tossed eight innings, posting a 1.13 ERA and striking out nine.
His opposition will be the toughest part of facing the Nationals on Saturday as Stephen Strasburg takes the hill for Jackson’s former team. Although Strasburg has started the season off 1-4 with a 3.45 ERA, he posted a 1.29 ERA with five punch outs in his last start against Cubs.
First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. eastern time from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.