There are moments when potential clients, particularly people of the Chicago Cubs, appear out of nowhere. But early good results does not mean ongoing good results, as Jen-Ho Tseng has located out the hard way.
It is uncommon I locate myself creating about a Chicago Cubs ‘prospect’–and I use that term loosely–twice about the class of a number of months. But Jen-Ho Tseng is finding that honor from me, but for all the incorrect factors. It is a person point when you have good results in the minors, but wrestle when you get the connect with. That’s occurred to a lot of excellent gamers. So then you head back down and get the job done on your match. But that’s not how it’s absent for Tseng.
When Spring Teaching opened, I penned a piece about Tseng finding an ‘honorary start’ in the opener. It was tongue in cheek, but I felt negative about it. Then Tseng bought out there and pitched. I felt way improved about it immediately after seeing the benefits he’s finding. Properly, the absence of benefits.
The two-time insignificant league pitcher of the calendar year for the Cubs’ corporation could possibly not have hit rock bottom nevertheless. But it could possibly be time to protect his head and brace for effects due to the fact it’s inescapable.
In 2014, Tseng received the award in his initially period with the Cubs. He would gain it again in 2017, and get a very little ‘surprise’ from supervisor Joe Maddon. Soon after receiving his award at Wrigley Field, he would be named up to commence a match. What an honor. This was a possibility to impress. He just received some hardware, time to display why.
Type that working day forth, Tseng has been on a downward spiral that, I believe, should conclusion up in his launch. He’s presently on the 40-man, and there could possibly be other individuals we could place on there. *Cough cough* Nico Hoerner *cough cough*. At this level, Tseng could possibly conclusion up throwing darts at a picture of Maddon for the relaxation of his profession.
Of class, none of this is Maddon’s fault. And it is not always Tseng’s. But there has to be blame somewhere because his numbers have been horrific since that connect with-up. In 3 online games in Chicago, he’s posted a 9.00 Era in just eight innings of functions. In his defense, 5 attained runs arrived in that debut. So, let’s chalk it up to jitters. But it’s what’s occurred since then that is the most relating to.
Soon after heading back to Iowa for the 2018 period, Tseng posted a 2-15 file. Now, I see exactly where you could possibly go below. The gain for a pitcher is outdated. I agree. The dilemma is all the other numbers are horrible, way too. His WHIP was 1.489, carried a 6.27 Era and authorized 20 house runs in 136 1/3.
But maybe he’ll get it back collectively this calendar year. Umm…probably not. He’s now been assigned to insignificant league camp. Very likely due to the fact his numbers in Spring Teaching glance like this:
-1, 15.43 Era, 4 2/3 IP, 8 runs, 8 hits, a .364 BA authorized and a WHIP of 2.145.
I do not want to be THAT man. But an individual desires to. A new commence for this child could possibly be his best possibility for redemption. I mean, what if he does figure it out and gain insignificant league pitcher a 3rd time? I guess that’s something to hang your hat on should you choose to. But it’s time to shift on from Tseng.