MLB notebook: Cubs fire hitting coach Davis – Yahoo Sports

FILE PHOTO – New York Yankees batter Chili Davis swings on a second inning home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez September 10 at Yankee Stadium. RFS/RCMore

The Chicago Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season, according to several media reports, after the team’s offensive production faltered in the second half of the season.

Davis, 58, was hired in October 2017 after spending the previous six seasons as a hitting coach with the Boston Red Sox (2015-17) and Oakland Athletics (2012-14).

Chicago won 95 games and set a franchise record with a fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2018. However, the Cubs’ team batting average dipped 16 points to .249 after the All-Star break. Also after putting up an on-base percentage of .345 in the first half of the season, that mark fell to .316 in the second half.

The Cubs were held to one run in three of final four games, culminating with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central Division tiebreaker game, and then a loss to the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild-card game.

–The Milwaukee Brewers have set their rotation for the first three games of their National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with left-hander Gio Gonzalez getting the nod for Game 1.

Gonzalez, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 30, will take the mound opposite Dodgers ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw in the series opener in Milwaukee on Friday.

Gonzalez, 33, will be followed by left-hander Wade Miley in Game 2 on Saturday and right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. The Dodgers will counter with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 2, righty Walker Buehler in Game 3 and southpaw Rich Hill in Game 4 on Tuesday.

–Joe West has been selected as crew chief for the American League Championship

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