Edwin Jackson‘s last start against the Milwaukee Brewers was easily his best outing of the 2014 season. The much-maligned right-hander has pitched well during the month of May and is beginning to step up within the Chicago Cubs‘ rotation. Jackson’s victory over the Brew Crew was also just a bit sweeter given the opposing starting pitcher.
Matt Garza made his return to Wrigley Field and suffered the loss for Milwaukee. There is no love lost between Garza and the Cubs’ organization. On more than one occasion, Garza has been outspoken about his views and opinions surrounding the rebuilding project in Chicago. Players on the Cubs’ roster may not admit publicly on if beating Garza in Wrigley Field meant a bit more, but in a small way it has to feel good.
For Jackson, it was his first start this year where he allowed zero runs and also struck out double digit batters. He had everything clicking during his seven innings of work. In his three May starts, Jackson has been solid. In 20 innings, he has only allowed four earned runs with a 23-3 strikeout to walk ratio. Unfortunately, he has only won one of those decisions.
What speaks to the turnaround Jackson is having in 2014 is that his walks and home runs allowed are down. Throughout his career, Jackson is the type of pitcher who seems to always be plagued by the one bad inning. This year, Jackson is doing a better job of limiting those instances.
The Cubs and Jackson will surely hope that these positive results can continue. Jackson is in his second year of a hefty four-year deal. The stuff has always been there for the innings-eater pitcher, but the results have been sporadic. This month, however, he may be turning the corner, and a well-earned, extra sweet victory could make for continued success.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.