With an offense that’s been like sailing on choppy seas this year, the Chicago Cubs’ World Series aspirations may lie on the arms of their five starters.
The Chicago Cubs had high hopes after an offseason in which they seemingly shored up the team’s biggest weakness – its pitching staff. The club had come to terms with coveted free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish on a surprisingly team-friendly contract, and the additional veteran signings (Tyler Chatwood, Steve Cishek) helped to solidify the staff.
Unfortunately, sometimes plans fail to evolve as expected, and for the Cubs this became a reality when Darvish hit the disabled list, leading the team to make some unusual moves to help shore things up in the interim.
The rotation has responded admirably following the loss of Darvish, and a new face has helped to keep the club in charge. Now, heading into October and a potential divisional clash in the National League Division Series, here is how the club should line up their starting rotation.