Chicago Cubs News: Hayden Wesneski starting to put it together

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After looking inconsistent in his first two starts of the season, Chicago Cubs rookie starting pitcher Hayden Wesneski appears to be putting it together and returning to the pitcher that he was when he made his Major League debut for the Cubs towards the end of the 2022 season.

Wesneski did not factor in the decision during the Cubs' 4-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night but registered a quality start as he allowed 1 run on 5 hits through 6 innings of work.

For Wesneski, this is the fourth consecutive start in which he has allowed three runs or fewer.

There is rarely a linear path to success for starting pitchers in Major League Baseball when they first arrive on the scene. Normally, the starting pitcher will see success right away before the league makes an adjustment and the advantage moves to the favor of the hitter. For the starting pitching prospects that are successful, they are able to make the adjustment back and create an advantage for themselves.

Chicago Cubs rookie pitcher Hayden Wesneski is finding success in his recent starts.

The hope is that will be the case for Wesneski has an ERA under 3 over the course of his last 4 starts this season.

Wesneski finding success again at the Major League level is coming at an important time for the Cubs. The Iowa Cubs were rained out on Tuesday night and that forced the team to push back veteran starting pitcher Kyle Hendrick's second rehab start. It would seem that the likely target is the end of May for Hendricks to return to the Major League level but if Wesneski is regaining the form that he had at the end of the 2022 season, there is not a dire need for Hendricks to return immediately.

It still remains to be seen what the Cubs will do with their pitching staff once Hendricks returns but a six-man rotation shouldn't be ruled out.

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