Jackson watched with interest as Lincecum’s pitch count climbed to a final total of 148. Jackson threw the most pitches (149) to earn a no-hitter in the last 25 years. He worked his magic despite walking eight batters in 2010 while pitching for Arizona.
“To be honest with you, I have thrown far less pitches and felt way worse than I did after that game,” Jackson said on Sunday. “It is just the matter of your body that day -- not just the pitch count, which can be way overrated.
“I actually thought he was going to pass my pitch count, he was only one pitch away. I was kind of laughing at that.”
Some are already wondering if Lincecum could suffer similar after-effects as Johan Santana, who went downhill after his 2013 no-hitter (131 pitches) and eventually had to have arm surgery for the second time in three years.
“Sometimes we get caught up in pitch count,” Jackson said. “Sometimes it matters and sometimes it doesn’t. I just think it depends on the person and how your body is feeling that day.”
Jackson isn’t sure he is much of a believer in the concept of high-pitch count leading to arm problems.
“It is hard to pinpoint whether one particular game causes injury,” he said. “That argument can go back and forth. As a pitcher nobody is going to want to come out of that game. No-hitters are hard to come. It is always a tough decision for a coaching staff when you have a guy throwing that many pitches. Some of those opportunities never arise again.”
Jackson praised Lincecum’s history, which includes back-to-back Cy Young awards and rings from two World Championship teams.
It was a great accomplishment and I am happy for him,” Jackson said. “He has had a lot of accomplishments in his career and now he has a no-hitter to go along with that.”