Chicago Cubs News: Jameson Taillon struggles again, Marcus Stroman, and more
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jameson Taillon's struggles continue
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jameson Taillon has been off to a disappointing start during the first year of his four-year contract with the team and his struggles continued on Tuesday night. In his start against the Phillies, Taillon allowed 5 runs on 7 hits including two home runs. Taillon's ERA on the season now stands at 6.90 and the team may be forced to make a move in the starting rotation soon.
The only realistic decision that the Cubs could make in regard to Taillon is a phantom injury and an extended minor-league rehab assignment. Of course, Taillon would have to agree to such a move but given his struggles, it may not be out of the question that he does.
The National League Central is there for the Cubs to take this season but the team must have improvement from Taillon. If that improvement is not attainable, then the team must be in the market for a top-end starting pitcher at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman expected to make next start
After being forced to leave Sunday's start against the St. Louis Cardinals early due to a blister, starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is expected to make his next start for the team.
The Cubs are in an important part of their schedule as the team does not have an off-day until the All-Star break in July and has a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. This seemingly is the final stretch of games that will determine whether or not the team will indeed be buyers at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.
Jared Young deserves an opportunity at the Major League level
The Chicago Cubs may have taken a step toward solving their first base problem on Tuesday as the team promoted first baseman Jared Young from Triple-A Iowa. Young has been having a terrific season with the Iowa Cubs this season as he is slashing .326/.426/.605 with a 154 wRC+.
Young is not the answer at first base for the Cubs but now presents a more suitable backup for the team as opposed to Trey Mancini. Young has been torching right-handed pitching this season, and with the team needing offense, the hope is manager David Ross gives him an opportunity when facing a right-handed starting pitcher.