8/6 Growing pains
Sunday was a great day for the young Cubs. Monday was more humbling for Brett Jackson, who struck out four times in a 2-0 loss to the Padres. He fell behind 0-2 in the last three at-bats.
“Basically it came down to swinging at strikes,” Dale Sveum said. “I don’t care who you are, if you don’t swing at strikes you’ll have a tough time. When he got two strikes on him, he couldn’t lay off pitches that were quite a bit out of the zone.”
The Cubs may have to live with the outfielder’s free swinging style.
“He’s going to be in [the lineup],” Sveum said. “That was part of the deal, that he’s going to be here to develop and what we see and make adjustments and go from there. Bottom line doesn’t matter unless you’re swinging at strikes.”
Jackson knows it, too.
“It’s something I’m working on cutting down and like I said [Sunday], I’ll keep working with [hitting coach James Rowson] and Dale and keep improving my swing,” Jackson said. “There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll get the ability out of me.”
It’s only been two games, but does he notice any difference in big league pitching?
“No,” Jackson said. “Obviously, the guys tonight had good stuff and made some good pitches, and I chased some pitches that I shouldn’t have chased. I think when it comes to striking out, a lot of that has to do with me chasing pitches that I don’t need to swing at, and missing pitches I do swing at. That’s something I’ll figure out. It’s baseball, and I’m going to keep improving as a player until I can’t improve any more.”
— Carrie Muskat