RP - ATL
Luke Jackson pitched a solid inning of relief Thursday and earned the save against the Rays in Grapefruit League action.
Jackson is not the primary closer but will be used in late-inning situations and will earn a save or two this year plus a good number of holds.
The Braves and RHP Luke Jackson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.
Jackson had a down season in 2020 and posted an ugly 6.84 ERA. However, he was a valuable reliever for Atlanta as recently as 2019. Jackson should continue operating out of middle relief next season.
Braves reliever Luke Jackson allowed one unearned on four hits over two innings of work to earn the win in Saturday's extra-innings win over the New York Mets.
Jackson is capable of posting excellent strikeout numbers, but he is no longer the closer in Atlanta. He has plenty of value in leagues that reward for holds and is a solid reserve bullpen arm in deeper leagues.
Braves reliever Luke Jackson allowed two earned runs on two hits while failing to record an out in the team's win over the Nationals on Wednesday.
With the Braves bringing in Shane Greene and Mark Melancon ahead of yesterday's trade deadline, Jackson may have finally pitched himself out of the closer's role in Atlanta. Expect Greene to take over as closer with Melancon and Jackson serving in setup duty.
Braves reliever Luke Jackson blew his seventh save of the season on Friday, allowing a two-run home run to Nationals outfielder Victor Robles in the ninth inning.
Jackson did manage to finish the inning and was rewarded with a win when the Braves walked things off in the bottom half, but he has now blown seven saves on the year. If Atlanta adds any reinforcements over the next two weeks, it would not be surprising to see Jackson demoted from the closer's role.