Maybe it doesn’t sound that bad, but look at it this way: Jackson, the former National who is looking for his first win as a Cub, versus Strasburg, one of the best young pitchers in baseball. Chances are, this game won’t turn out in the Cubs’ favor.
While Jackson was a decent starter during his time with the Nationals, his stats in Chicago prove otherwise. According to MLB.com, the right-hander went 10-11 in 31 starts for the Nats last year, earning an ERA of 4.03. But during his first season in Chicago, Jackson currently has a record of 0-5 after six weeks of the new season and a disappointing ERA of 6.39. Does it sound like the odds are in Jackson’s favor? I didn’t think so.
On the other hand, Nat’s ace pitcher, Strasburg, has struggled a bit this season as well. The 24-year-old All-Star has a surprisingly low record of 1-4, but makes up for that with his ERA of 3.45. While these numbers certainly aren’t bad, they’re not quite as good as you would expect from one of the top pitchers in baseball.
How will this game turn out? Given the statistics of each pitcher, Strasburg and the Nats have the upper hand when it comes to pitching. And can the Cubs even score some runs off of this phenomenal young pitcher? My guess is no.
With the Nats expecting to have another young superstar, Bryce Harper, back in today’s lineup after being benched with an ingrown toenail during the series opener, that just proves another problem for the Cubs. Jackson and his team really need to buckle down if they want a chance of defeating Strasburg and the Nationals.