Jackson struggled mightily in his first season with the Cubs, going 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA. Looking ahead to 2014, Jackson knows he needs to improve, something he addressed recently (quotes courtesy of CSNChicago):
“I’m definitely hoping for better results…As an athlete, when you have a season like I had last year, if anything it makes you way more eager to start the next season.
“That itch comes quicker and you’re more ready and more excited to go out and perform the way you know you can perform.”
Slotting into the rotation behind Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood, there is not necessarily pressure on Jackson to be an ace this season (though that pressure might be coming if the Cubs end up trading Samardzija).
A guy with wipeout stuff, Jackson actually benefits when he works more efficiently and strikes out fewer hitters. He is durable and has a live arm. It truly is just a matter of finding more consistency and essentially getting out of his own way.