Chicago Cubs’ rookie starter, Tsuyoshi Wada has had a good first year so far and yesterday he put his stamp on the 2014 season. Dr. K, as he was known in Japan, picked up the win against the Baltimore Orioles thanks to 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball. In addition to the one hit, a home run, Wada collected eight strikeouts (a career high) and his first big league hit. Wada is now 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA on the year.
The Chicago Cubs’ 33-year-old rookie has been a pleasant surprise since making his major league debut on July 8th and has allowed two or fewer runs in all but one of his starts.
Wada has proven through is performance this year that he is a legitimate big league starter, but will his numbers come down to earth before the season is over? As of now, Wada is outpitching his numbers from AAA earlier this summer and his career averages from his nine years in Japan.
(Stats per baseball-reference.com)
The Cubs hope that Wada can continue his success through the end of the year and if he does, his emergence as a reliable “veteran” will play a role in who the Cubs’ pursue this off-season and how much they are willing to spend. As it stands right now, Signing Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor league deal before the season was one of the smartest things that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have done.
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