Cubs fire hitting coach Chili Davis

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James Neveau of NBC Chicago reports that the Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis.

Davis, 58, joined the Cubs after the completion of the 2017 season. Aside from batting average, the Cubs regressed offensively — slightly, it should be noted — in a lot of offensive areas in 2018, so Davis pays the price for that. His stint with the Cubs lasts just one year.

Cubs AVG OBP SLG BB% K% ISO wOBA
2016 .256 .343 .429 10.4% 21.1% .173 .333
2017 .255 .338 .437 9.9% 22.3% .182 .331
2018 .258 .333 .410 9.0% 21.8% .152 .321

The Cubs’ offense waned in September as the team in aggregate put up a .663 OPS in 29 games. They went 16-12 in the final month while the Brewers went 19-7. That resulted in a deadlock at the top of the NL Central at the end of the season, forcing a Game 163 tiebreaker which the Brewers wound up winning.

Davis previously coached for the Athletics (2012-14) and Red Sox (2015-17). He will probably be able to find work elsewhere, though a one-year stint with an otherwise successful team isn’t exactly the greatest look.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.