Saturday, May 18, 2013

2013 Topps Edwin Jackson Factory Team Set

Edwin Jackson signed as a free agent this past off season so his inclusion in this team set needed a photoshop job. His 1-6 record this season doesn't necessarily reflect the ways he's pitched. I was fortunate enough to witness his lone victory this season last weekend against his former team, the Nationals.

The photo Topps used was good although, with his throwing hand knuckles nearly cropped off and his glove arm missing, it was probably better suited for a horizontal card. Since the Cubs didn't have any of those in the team set, that would have been nice.

This was kind of a tough photo to find. Apparently Jackson has a very consistent windup and follow through. The only variations were slight timing differences in when the photos were taken during the process. Sometimes his throwing arm was up closer towards his arm later in the delivery or the glove was curled in a little closer towards the body. 

What gave this photo away were the legs behind Jackson in the background against the blue signage. 

Acording to the caption, this was a game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Bewers on July 26, 2012. Normally, since this didn't involve the Cubs, I wouldn't really care but for the sake of consistency in these posts, I looked up the boxscore.

Jackson and the Nats defeated the Brewers 8-2 just like his game last weekend. Similarly, he also helped himself at the plate. In that game we went 1-2 with a walk and scored twice.

I've admitted not following much baseball beyond the Cubs and their opponents but I didn't realize Jackson had played for so many teams before coming to the Cubs. More than a couple one and dones. The Cubs are looking good right now so like the bullpen from yesterday, let's get the bats going and get some run support.

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