(But, please, spare me any talk about what a certain pitcher would have done if he hadn’t been shut down in September. The Cards could’ve lit him up this series as easily as they torched Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2. The fact is nobody knows for certain what would’ve happened if whatshisname was in the rotation. But unprovable bar arguments are the easiest to engage in, so I suppose that debate will remain with us into perpetuity.)
Manager Davey Johnson was blunt about Jackson’s troubles. “He just made bad pitches,” Johnson said. “I thought he got a little sharper as the game went on, but a couple of really bad pitches, that’s the story.”
Especially the first-pitch fatty shortstop Pete Kozma drove into the left field stands for a three-run homer. The performance could be our lasting impression of Jackson, a free agent after the season, who’s unlikely to appear in a Nats uniform again.
“It could be, it could not be,” he said. “That’s definitely not the way I wanted to end it.”
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