Chicago Cubs: Jen-Ho Tseng, Jose Quintana and more

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The Chicago Cubs Jose Quintana is looking to make a change this season, pun intended. The Manny Machado decision and how it affects the Cubs. Remember Jen-Ho Tseng? He’s the Opening Day starter. Sort of.

I can’t ignore the chance at a bad pun. But the Chicago Cubs Jose Quintana is making a change this winter. The plan is to use the changeup more frequently, cutting back the use of his fastball. Which hopefully will cut out us having to watch them leave the yard. He used the changeup just 6.8 percent of the time last year. That will need to increase as he gets a little older and fastball velocity can start to drop. Quintana is already a reliable starter; this can only help matters.

Has the Manny Machado signing changed anything for the Cubs? Has it made the San Diego Padres a contender? To be honest, it doesn’t affect the Cubs, at all. The focus needs to be in their division. Now if Bryce Harper comes to a team in the Central? That would be an issue. The Cubs should be business as usual. One man isn’t going to change a teams trajectory.

The two-time Cubs pitcher of the year will get an Opening Day start. Well, Spring Training’s Opening Day. Jen-Ho Tseng had shown the most promise of homegrown pitching. But after winning the award in 2017, Joe Maddon kept him up to start a game to his surprise. Apparently, Maddon broke him. He’s been a shell of the pitcher that he was, and the Cubs are hoping he can figure out his issues this season. But with no real place for him on the roster, he’ll be headed to Triple-A sooner than later.

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