Wednesday afternoon it was announced that the Chicago Cubs have made a change to the team’s starting rotation, with rookie right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng set to start Thursday’s game against the New York Mets and left-hander Mike Montgomery returning to the bullpen.
Montgomery, who’s 5-8 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 39 appearances (12 starts), has struggled recently. In two starts this month, both defeats, Montgomery allowed seven runs on seven hits in seven combined innings. After allowing three runs on five hits over the course of five innings in a loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 3, Montgomery lasted just two innings in his start against the Milwaukee Brewers Sept. 9.
In that game Montgomery allowed four runs on two two hits, with his four walks being an issue as well. In six appearances out of the bullpen in August, Montgomery allowed a total of five runs on nine hits with three of those runs being given up in an outing against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 14.
As for Jen-Ho Tseng, Thursday’s start will be the first of his major league career. Tseng, who has not even appeared in a major league game in a relief role, split time between the Cubs’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates before being called up on Sept. 1. In 15 starts for Double-A Tennessee, Tseng went 7-3 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 90.1 innings pitched. Tseng made nine starts for Triple-A Iowa, going 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 55 innings pitched.
In his most recent start Tseng allowed two runs on eight hits over the course of seven innings in a win over Omaha on Sept. 2.