Pitching for a major league record-tying 13th team is hard to do. It doesn’t just take stamina to put in enough time required to pitch for 13 different teams. It requires some level of skill to be wanted by 13 different major league teams. Edwin Jackson has his fair share of both and each was on display during his 2018 debut against the Detroit Tigers yesterday. In doing yesterday what only one other player has ever done before Jackson did something he has never done before.
Yesterday, for the first time in his career, Jackson struck out exactly 7 hitters while walking exactly 0. He has pitched games with 6 Ks and 0 BBs and 8 Ks and 0 BBs. But never before had Jackson throw exactly 7 Ks and exactly 0 BBs.
This is a minor detail, I know. But I found it to be quite interesting considering Jackson has been a major leaguer since he was 19-years old. Daniel Mengden has as many games with 7 Ks and 0 BBs in 252 fewer starts. Brett Anderson has done it as has Kendall Graveman. Sean Manaea has done it twice, including once last week. And Trevor Cahill has done it four times. It isn’t so surprising that most of Oakland’s starters have managed this feat, but that Jackson has never done it stood out to me.
Jackson threw nearly 69% of his pitches for strikes. He induced swings and misses on 10% of his pitches and threw a first-pitch strike to 60% of the batters he faced.
There isn’t any meaningful analysis that comes from this. No possible projection that I can make about Jackson’s remainder of 2018. I set out to find something interesting about Edwin Jackson’s game yesterday and this is what I turned up.
Perhaps in 2019 Jackson will do something nobody has ever done before and pitch for a 14th major league team. But today he’ll have to settle for a personal record.