Something 'clicks' for Jackson's mechanics

Something 'clicks' for Jackson's mechanics

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson made his second start of the spring and was solid in an 8-0 victory over the Astros at Space Coast Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Jackson pitched four shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out three batters, all of which came on breaking balls.

"Edwin Jackson was superb. You can quit writing about all his mechanics and all that," manager Davey Johnson said. "He is as good as it gets. Everything about him."

Jackson's mechanical problems appear to be a thing of the past. He doesn't know how he fixed them. It was about being relaxed and having fun. Jackson even went back to pitching from a full windup, which was giving him problems last year. Opponents hit over .330 when he pitched from the windup.

"I felt better than last time, definitely," Jackson said. "I was able to go out and find a rhythm early. That's what I'm been trying to do -- find something that feels comfortable. I was able to do that today. Obviously, it's still a work in progress. You still try to fine-tune a couple of things.

"But, overall, for the most part I felt good. When you are going good, you really don't know what it is. When you are going good, you are going good. Something just clicked. Whatever mechanics I have, I was able to just continue to repeat them and throw pitches across the plate."