Posts in category "Starting rotation"

Cubs 2015 Rotation Options, Part 2: The new wave of depth

Cubs 2015 Rotation Options, Part 2: The new wave of depth
We have seen the rotation options and the depth the Cubs have compiled over the course of this season, but this front office apparently wasn’t quite satisfied.  Perhaps the old adage that “You can never have enough pitching” applies.  Perhaps it was just opportunity.  It’s probably both. It started with the Dan Straily acquisition, though... Read more »

A look at the Cubs rotation options: Part 1

A look at the Cubs rotation options: Part 1
Without question, the most interesting thing about this offseason will be how the Cubs complete their pitching staff.  There are 3 pitchers from their season-long rotation under contract in Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, and Edwin Jackson.  The Cubs perceived organizational weakness has been pitching, yet Kyle Hendricks has shown he has a chance to be... Read more »

Cubs best strategy may be to hang on to Jeff Samardzija

Cubs best strategy may be to hang on to Jeff Samardzija
I hope everyone had a happy holiday.   The Cubs got a present of sorts when it was announced that Masahiro Tanaka would be made available this offseason.  As I have been saying since early last September, expect the Cubs to be in the thick of this pursuit with the caveat that it doesn’t mean... Read more »
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Travis Wood is big win for Cubs front office

Travis Wood is big win for Cubs front office
Sixty days after Theo Epstein was named the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, he made an unpopular trade. Two days before Christmas in 2011, he sent popular and versatile reliever Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds—a team within the Cubs division—for a package of players that most notably included a then 24-year-old... Read more »

Travis Wood fits the Cubs plan to a tee -- so is he a core player?

Travis Wood fits the Cubs plan to a tee -- so is he a core player?
Let me start off by saying it’s May 14th and there is a lot of baseball left to be played — but even still there is no question to me that LHP Travis Wood has taken a step forward in his development. With that caveat out of the way, the question needs to be asked:... Read more »

The next Samardzija? Cubs to try Alberto Cabrera as a starter

The next Samardzija? Cubs to try Alberto Cabrera as a starter
With slim pickings on the free agent market and in the upper levels of the system, the Cubs may have to get creative again.  Last year it was Jeff Samardzija, who had previously had a spotty career as a reliever, who worked hard in the offseason to turn himself into a starter.  The results were... Read more »
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Looking ahead at the Cubs starting rotation for 2013

Looking ahead at the Cubs starting rotation for 2013
The Cubs traded two of their best pitchers at the deadline and a 3rd is out indefinitely with an injury.  The rest of this season isn’t going to look too pretty and the Cubs highest ceiling SP prospects are at the lowest levels of their system right now. So how does the Cubs rotation look... Read more »

Expect results to improve for Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad

Expect results to improve for Jeff Samardzija, Chris Volstad
As some of you know, I’m not exactly a huge fan of ERA –especially early in the season.  A little bad luck or one bad outing can completely skew one’s perception of their overall performance.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a closer look at Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Volstad. Jeff... Read more »

Jeff Samardzija could be real (deal) bright spot for Cubs

Jeff Samardzija could be real (deal) bright spot for Cubs
The countdown to Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo has officially begun. On a serious note, I still feel this team will be more fun to watch than the last two miserable editions. Looking forward to younger players like Jackson and Rizzo joining Starlin Castro could be the highlights however. If you listen to Bradley Woodrum... Read more »
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Jeff Samardzija's switch to starter shows some old-fashioned outside the box thinking

Jeff Samardzija's switch to starter shows some old-fashioned outside the box thinking
Cubs fans have been celebrating for months now as they finally hired some forward-thinking executives.  Much fun was made of the old-ways of Jim Hendry and his staff, many times deservedly so, but those types of evaluations still have tremendous value, most notably when you’re talking about high school and international amateurs. But can old... Read more »