The Chicago Cubs are so far out of the playoff race but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things to watch for. It is exciting to see them try new things with different players as they see what they have in certain people. We saw a little bit of that on Tuesday night.
Now, it was against the Cincinnati Reds who are one of the few teams worse than them in the standings. It is still a Major League Baseball team though so there needs to be respect given.
For one, the Cubs announced a few big roster moves ahead of the game. One of them included the activation of Wade Miley and another had to do with the call-up of Hayden Wesneski. Both of these pitchers had a significant impact on Tuesday’s game.
Of course, Miley is a veteran pitcher that has been injured for a while now but it is good to see him back. He went 4.0 innings with only two hits (and two walks) allowed. Three runs were scored but just two of them were earned. He also had six strikeouts in his effort.
The Chicago Cubs saw Hayden Wesneski go out there and dominate on Tuesday.
It wasn’t a bad return for Miley at all but Wesneski stole the show. He is a prospect that the Cubs acquired in the Scott Effross trade with the New York Yankees. He projects to be a mid-tier starter but he showed that some of his stuff could play as a high-end starter in this one.
Wesneski figured to be in a long relief role but he ended up going a full 5.0 innings and finished the game after Miley went for 4.0. It was as impressive of a performance as you could ask for a guy making his Major League debut.
He went those aforementioned 5.0 innings and allowed no runs on two hits and a walk. He had a remarkable eight strikeouts in the effort as well. He was truly sensational to begin his MLB career and should be incredibly proud.
You might not be able to expect five innings out of him every time but he could continue in this role of being a long reliever with a spot start or two (if there is a doubleheader or a makeup game). This was a smart move by the Cubs as he can now continue to grow his game at the highest level.
Sometimes these trade deadline acquisitions turn out to be something. He has a high ceiling and a relatively high floor so this is exciting for the Cubs. The offense scored nine total runs so he was also credited with his first career Major League win. You haven’t seen the last of him this season.