5 Chicago Cubs likely to throw the franchise's first perfect game

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5 Chicago Cubs likely to throw the franchise's first perfect game - Jameson Taillon

Jameson Taillon joined the Cubs in December 2022 on a four-year deal. Dubbed the best high school pitching prospect since Josh Beckett, Taillon has shown shades of potential yet major surgeries have hindered his career. During his rookie season, Taillon carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before it was broken up by journeyman Curtis Granderson. Taillon's season was cut short in 2019 due to a forearm injury and eventually missed all of the COVID-19-shortened 2020 campaign following an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) revision. Just last season, while wearing Yankees pinstripes, Taillon pitched seven perfect innings against the Los Angeles Angels before a Jared Walsh double in the eighth broke up his bid at perfection. Undoubtedly, Taillon has flirted with perfection. Perhaps Taillon will get the starting nod for a contest at PNC Park against his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. PNC Park is one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks. Wouldn't it be quite entertaining to see Taillon retire 27 batters down versus a team that sent him packing two seasons ago? One would like to think.