The boos for Edwin Jackson started in the first inning on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Cubs fans getting that here-we-go-again-feeling with the $52 million pitcher.
Manager Rick Renteria didn’t make any major announcements after an 8-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants that had zero suspense. But the Cubs and Jackson understand they can’t keep doing this.
Whether that means Jackson working on the side, getting skipped in the rotation or moving to the bullpen, he understands the questions will keep coming when you have a 6-14 record and a 6.09 ERA.
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“If it happens, it happens,” Jackson said. “I haven’t really gone out and made an easy decision for the organization or for the team. It’s one of those things where you just have to kind of take it in stride. Not going deep into games as a starter isn’t beneficial for the team, especially when you get paid to go deep into games.
“You have to deal with it as it comes. If it happens, it’s not the end of the world. You just have to continue to bust your butt and gain back what you feel you can do.”
Jackson couldn’t finish the third inning, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks, handing the Giants (66-58) another victory not long after they won their protest with Major League Baseball over TarpGate.
Jacob Turner will get the ball when the suspended game resumes on Thursday afternoon. Felix Doubront is only one more rehab outing away (Double-A Tennessee) from starting a game in the Aug. 30 doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Even with those rotation options emerging, Renteria stuck to his Jackson talking point during the postgame news conference, three times saying some version of: “We’re going to assess and evaluate and see where we go.”
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Jackson (four runs) again showed the first-inning issues that make the Cubs doubt he would be able to handle the transition to being a reliever.
“No one wants to be moved,” Jackson said, “but if it happens, the only thing you can do if you don’t like it is to go out and pitch your way out of jams.
“Would I be happy? I haven’t done anything to help it. You have to go out and you have to pitch deep into games (and) I haven’t done that. Like I say, there’s no excuses. I don’t really make excuses. It’s pretty much black and white. There’s not a gray area. So if that change comes, I’ll deal with it when it comes and continue to pitch.”