MINNEAPOLIS -- Edwin Jackson has pitched against so many former teams that another one isn’t about to make him flinch.
And despite the fact that there will be a little bit of an intriguing twist this time around, getting Jackson to acknowledge the uniqueness of it is like getting a starter to do an interview before the game he pitches. Not gonna happen.
When Jackson faces the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, he will not only be going against the club that traded him away last season, he will be matched up against the pitcher he was dealt for. The Diamondbacks will send former White Sox farmhand Daniel Hudson to the mound. Jackson is 4-5 with a 4.39 ERA this season while Hudson is 7-5 with a 3.82 ERA.
“Uh, I think I faced everybody I was traded for at one point or another,” Jackson said. “I don’t think there’s any situation with any team that I haven’t already been in.”
Does he want to show his former team they made a mistake by dealing him? No. Does he want to show his current team that their decision to acquire him was a good one? Not really.
“I look forward to every start,” Jackson said. “Like I said, there’s no extra motivation facing a certain team. Been there, done that numerous times. As far as an extra adrenaline against a certain team, been there done that. It’s just another start.”
When the deal was made, the White Sox’s obvious thought was that the veteran Jackson was the better option for now, even if that meant that Hudson went on to produce in ensuing years.
Hudson has gone 14-6 with a 2.83 ERA in 25 starts with the Diamondbacks, though, while Jackson has gone 8-7 with a 3.83 ERA in 24 starts for the White Sox. Hudson has a 1.078 WHIP in Arizona, while Jackson’s is at 1.387 with the White Sox.
So if the Diamondbacks are getting the better end of the deal now, and will presumably get it in the future, since Jackson isn’t expected to re-sign on the South Side after this year, the only battle left might be Friday’s game.
If Jackson sees it that way, he isn’t letting on.
“I’ve been traded [four] times,” Jackson said. “Any personal part of it has been out the door. It’s not like it’s my first time being traded. If I was going to take it personal, then there would be a lot of teams I take it personal against. It’s just another day. I look at everyone the same and try to go out and win a game.”