2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 14: Cubs 14, Mets 6

More power hitting completed a sweep of the Mets.

Hopefully, the next start Jen-Ho Tseng makes will be better. The Cubs won this game anyway, improving to 80-66. They led the N.L. Central by three games and their division-clinching magic number stood at 14.

Joe Maddon has used unorthodox strategies for almost his entire managerial career.

The surprise start of Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year Jen-Ho Tseng Thursday night against the Mets was one of those strategies. He’d done similar things with good results with David Price and Matt Moore as Rays manager, so he, and Theo & Co., figured it might work again.

It nearly blew up in Joe’s face and hurt the Cubs, and I was especially mystified by the choice of Taylor Davis to start at catcher. I mean, I get it, Tseng might have put together a good start, but in order to do that I think you have to have an experienced catcher handle him, not just the guy who “caught all but one of his starts at Iowa.” I wasn’t alone in this thinking:

Watching this, you’d almost think a Triple-A pitcher is throwing to a 5th-string catcher. …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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