2012 Season Review: Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson had the opposite effect of Ross Detwiler after his final start. It made everybody want him to become a free agent and start fresh. However, let’s remember why Jackson was brought in. Late in the offseason, he was signed to a one-year deal to add an experienced starting pitcher to the fold for the Nationals who were the darkhorse team expected to contend in the National League East. He was supposed to be a guy to eat innings and bring a veteran presence and re-establish his value after one year.

Oct 12, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson (33) throws during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals of game five of the 2012 NLDS at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Jackson didn’t pitch badly, but he didn’t make enough of an impression to get a qualifying offer from the Nationals and has become a free agent and will not bring back compensation for the Nationals should he sign elsewhere.

2012 Prediction (ZiPS): 11-9, 3.79 ERA, 30 starts, 199.2 IP, 58/151 BB/K
2012 Actual: 10-11, 4.03 ERA, 31 starts, 189.2 IP, 58/168 BB/K

Jackson didn’t really perform that badly, but the thing is is that he was just average. Now, Jackson didn’t come with huge expectations. He was supposed to slide in to the bottom of the rotation. The problem was, when Stephen Strasburg was sat out of the playoffs, that made Jackson the No. 3 starter instead of the No. 4. Jackson was not a No. 3 pitcher this season. Will he make money this offseason as a free agent? That was his gamble by taking a one year deal last year and in a weak market, he will probably get his big pay day. But for the Nationals, Jackson’s salary and role just don’t mesh long term. The team now knows what they have in Ross Detwiler and I think the Nationals will look for guys to fill out depth more than making a splash in the pitching rotation.

Season Highlight: Jackson’s best game as a National was in his second start of the season April 14 against Cincinnati. Jackson pitched a complete game allowing just two hits, one earned run, 1 BB, 9 K and a HBP. When your highlight comes that early, it isn’t really a good sign. Jackson never got to that level again. He had a couple of other games with double-digit strike outs and did win 10 games so he didn’t pitch that badly, but had two starts where he allowed eight earned runs, so with the really good came the really bad.

Previous Reviews:
Xavier Nady
Chien Ming Wang
Mark DeRosa
Henry Rodriguez
Carlos Maldonado
Brad Lidge
Ryan Mattheus
Ryan Perry
Rick Ankiel
Jesus Flores
Sandy Leon
Corey Brown
Christian Garcia
Jhonatan Solano
Mike Morse
Zach Duke
Tom Gorzelanny
Chad Tracy
Mike Gonzalez
John Lannan
Kurt Suzuki
Drew Storen
Wilson Ramos
Tyler Moore
Steve Lombardozzi
Jayson Werth
Craig Stammen
Tyler Clippard
Roger Bernadina
Sean Burnett
Ross Detwiler
Adam LaRoche
Edwin Jackson
Danny Espinosa
Ryan Zimmerman
Jordan Zimmermann
Stephen Strasburg
Bryce Harper
Gio Gonzalez

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  • Brian McKeever

    I was at that April 14th game and for a moment it really did look like playing for his next contract was going to elevate Jackson’s game. It didn’t happen, and any team that gives him a three or four year deal will be greatly overpaying.

    One glaring point that should be highlighted: including his playoff start, the Nats were an abysmal 12-20 in games in which Jackson took the hill this year. Yes, that is not ALL on him, but it sure is an indicator that he is even less valuable than his statistics indicate.

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