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It was almost five months ago now that Edwin Jackson chose the Washington Nationals. Considered one of the top free-agent starters on the market, he looked at what they had in their rotation and in their bullpen and thought being titled No. 4 in D.C. might be better than being a No. 1 or a No. 2 anywhere else.
Everything about the way Edwin Jackson goes about his business is relaxed, reserved and with a come-what-may attitude. Questions are answered with a "Whatever, man," or a "Time will tell." His words come across more wise sage than 28-year-old flamethrower.
Bryce Harper has spent 29 games in the major leagues. He's had 109 at-bats and drawn well-deserved praise for his approach in almost every single one of them. His maturity at the plate has been impressive, his strike zone knowledge acute, his results phenomenal.
The manager likes to call the approach he preaches one of "patient aggressiveness." A few Washington Nationals players refer to it as "selective aggressiveness." Whatever the term, the idea is not to take hittable pitches just to take them and not to get overanxious and expand the strike zone, either.
Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson may have taken the loss, but in the words of manager Davey Johnson, reliever Tom Gorzelanny "took this one on the shin."
Last week, Edwin Jackson couldn't throw a wrong pitch.
They came to their feet at Nationals Park for Edwin Jackson on Saturday evening. They rose after he finished the seventh inning, a streak of 16 straight batters retired intact. And when he walked off the mound following the eighth, when he'd retired the last five via strikeout.
A year ago this week, Sports Illustrated put the Philadelphia Phillies' five starters on its cover.
As the Washington Nationals packed up their belongings inside the visitors' clubhouse at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday afternoon, they had 175 miles ahead of them. A three-hour stretch of highway between them and the end of a grueling three-day spring road swing that finished off a 0-10-1 stretch in their last 11 games.