5/24 Jackson needs to throw with conviction

Edwin Jackson never imagined he’d go 1-7 with a 6.11 ERA in his first 10 starts with the Cubs. Manager Dale Sveum wants to see Jackson throw with more conviction, and be full velocity, full game mode from the first pitch. That seemed to be part of the problem on Thursday against the Pirates. Jackson has said he’s not pressing because of his contract, his first long-term deal with a team.

“You’ve got a commitment there, you’ve got to stick with the commitment and coach them and teach,” Sveum said of Jackson, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this offseason. “It’s not like he’s a kid. He’s a veteran player. Sometimes you just have to do it yourself. People play in the big leagues a long time. Sometimes you just have to do the things to get better yourself.”

It’s up to Jackson to make the changes.

“We can coach and do a lot of things but it still comes down to the individual making these adjustments to get over a hump and get through a slump,” Sveum said.

There has been no talk about taking Jackson out of the rotation.

“It’s a long season,” Sveum said. “There’s still another 20 plus starts there to fix this and get it going.”

Is it puzzling to see Jackson struggle?

“You could look at some other big time starters in baseball — the [Mark] Buehrles in the world — there are some big boys out there struggling,” Sveum said. “That’s why, in the long run, at the end of the year, hopefully that media guide doesn’t lie.”

— Carrie Muskat

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