Nothing against Chicago White Sox pitcher Edwin Jackson. He is a good pitcher and a nice guy. I had the chance to meet him right after last season’s no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, ever since he was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Daniel Hudson, Hudson has done everything to prove the Dbacks made the better end of the deal, including his performance last night, when the two pitchers matched up, a game that saw the Dbacks defeat the White Sox 4-1.
After pitching his first complete game in the majors last night, if it wasn’t clear before, it should be now, the Arizona Diamondbacks are better for this deal. That’s doesn’t mean the White Sox are wore because Hudson clearly didn’t provide the Sox the results he is producing in Arizona, however it does mean the Dbacks pulled the trigger on moving Jackson at the right time.
Hudson moved his record to 8-5 on the season, dropping his ERA to 3.56, giving up only 1 run last night on 3 hits. He started the season 0-4, mainly due to early inning trouble. That seems like a lifetime ago. Hudson is now 15-6 overall with the Dbacks since his arrival last July. Jackson, is now 8-8 for the White Sox since joining them last season.
Jackson pitched pretty well last night though, striking out 8. His inconsistency though caught up with him once again, giving up a couple of big hits at inopportune times. Hudson was able to maintain his control throughout the game last night. He almost lost his composure right after giving up a home run to the Sox’s Paul Konerko, a bomb that traveled 436 feet. He went to a 3-1 count on the next hitter before retiring him and the next two hitters. He was something special last night. He showed maturity.
The only question now is how far can Hudson go? Does he have a lot more of last night’s performance in the tank for the rest of the season? If he does, he really gives the Dbacks an awesome 1-2 punch in the starting rotation behind Ian Kennedy.