SEATTLE -- This season hasn’t followed the blueprint that Edwin Jackson was hoping for, but the Chicago Cubs righty is confident that he’ll turn things around as the season hits the midway point next month.
Jackson pitched his third quality start in June during Sunday’s 7-6 win over Seattle, giving up three runs in six innings of work to improve to 4-10.
While Jackson began the 2013 campaign 0-5, he’s slowly improving as the All-Star break nears.
“The first half hasn’t really been how I planned it, but it’s a marathon, not a race,” Jackson said after Sunday’s outing. “Every great pitcher is going to have ups and downs. The ones who come back and have success are the guys that are still playing.”
Before Sunday’s matchup, Cubs skipper Dale Sveum said that it was Jackson’s velocity that bothered him more than anything.
“Some days it’s coming out 97, sometimes it’s 90, 92,” Sveum said. “We need that guy to let it go.”
Jackson, who did hit 97 on the radar gun Sunday, said that velocity is only part of the winning formula for him.
“Velocity is velocity for me,” he said. “I’ve had games where I’ve hit 96 or 97 and still get hit. I need the best of both worlds, when I have velocity with location. But the days you can come out and let it go, that’s definitely not a bad problem to have. You can come out and attack hitters.”
With the July 31st trade deadline approaching and the Cubs looking to make a few deals, Jackson said he’s not thinking too much about whether or not he’ll be in Cubs uniform come August.
“If you have no control over it, it’s definitely not something to worry about,” he said. “I just want to take things in stride, roll with the punches and handle things as they come.”