Chiefs pitcher Edwin Jackson puts impressive hit streak on the line Thursday
If there's an accomplishment in baseball, Edwin Jackson's done it.
A World Series champion with St. Louis in 2011, named an All-Star with the Detroit Tigers, throwing a no-hitter with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In fact Jackson has played for the 2nd most teams for any single player in Major League Baseball history, he's worn 12 different uniforms.
So it's fitting that Jackson has a nice streak of 12 hitless innings pitched for the Syracuse Chiefs.
After starting the year in Norfolk of the International League he made his way to Syracuse and hasn't given up a single hit in a Chiefs uniform.
Let that sink in.
His first start on June 20th he went 2.1 innings, followed by 4 innings on June 26th and 6 on July 1st.
Again, all with no hits. That streak is on the line Thursday night when Jackson takes the mound for the Chiefs home finale with Lehigh Valley.
The only baserunners under his watch while playing for Syracuse stem from 8 walks and 1 hit batter, for a WHIP of 0.65.
Still, Jackson is quick to give praise to his teammates.
"I haven't given up a hit but...some of it has been great defense" Jackson told me on Wednesday.
That humility makes him even more impressive.
"Just trying to work on consistency around the plate, commanding the strike zone and make teams put the ball in play" Jackson added.
Obviously, his goal is to make it back with the Washington Nationals for the second time in his career. For some, a start in the minors could be a detriment to that.
Not for Edwin Jackson.
"I still think there's some things I can strive to be better on. If that wasn't the case I wouldn't be here today. If I felt that I didn't have anything in the tank or that I couldn't do it anymore I would be home enjoying the family, enjoying the kids but I still feel like I have something in the tank I still feel like I can go out and be successful at the big league level and that's why I'm here" Jackson said to me at the end of our talk.
If he keeps stopping batters in their track, he'll have that chance sooner rather than later.