Jen-Ho Tseng had another very good start for Iowa, his fourth in four tries. His Iowa ERA is now a very healthy 1.42. He needed 101 pitches in this game, and that total marks the second time he has broken the 100 pitch mark in Triple A.
Barring something totally unexpected (or a trade), I will be surprised if Tseng, 22, is not called to Chicago in September (he is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft after this season, and thus will have to be put on the 40-man roster anyway). I will also be surprised if he is not the Pitcher of the Month for July.
Again, unless he is traded. If I were an opposing GM with a nice backup catcher to deal, I’d probably be trying my hardest to pry someone like Tseng away from the Cubs in exchange for that catcher. I may not succeed, but I’d be trying. [Brett: Agreed, though the Cubs should be EXTREMELY reluctant to part with one of their few AAA-level, starting-capable arms, for depth reasons if nothing else.]
- Jen-Ho Tseng: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 8 K
- John Andreoli: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
- Jemile Weeks: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Mark Zagunis: 2 for 5, 2B
- Jeimer Candelario: 3 for 5, 2 HR
- Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 5, 2B, HR
- Taylor Davis: 2 for 4
- Zach Hedges: 6.1 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- Craig Brooks: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 2, BB
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans were rained out.
- Tyler Peyton: 5.1 IP 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Andruw Monasterio: 1 for 5, 2B
- Chris Pieters: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
- Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 4
- Jose Albertos: 1.2 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K
- Elvis Diaz: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K
- Michael Cruz: 2 for 3, 3B, HR, BB
- Jose Gonzalez: 2 for 4
- Zach Davis: 2 for 4, SB
Rookie: AZL Cubs
Arizona had the night off.
- Tseng starting yesterday was a bit of a HugWatch indicator. If his name was heavily involved in any talks, I suspect he would have been scratched. Anything can happen, but I suspect he may be safe… at least for now.
- Adbert Alzolay is scheduled to take the mound for the Smokies today, and it will be interesting to see if he actually does. Alzolay is another guy other GMs will be asking for in pretty much every conversation, and if the Cubs are closing in on a trade they may opt to play it safe and keep him out until the deals are complete.