Schuster: What Will The Cubs’ Rotation Look Like?

There are a lot of elements to the Chicago Cubs that could turn into positives or negatives for the team. The purpose of spring training it to do your best to make them positives.

For the back of the Cubs rotation, two pitchers must stand out from the pack in a wide open competition.

“Obviously the first three are locked up, with [Ryan] Dempster, [Matt] Garza and [Carlos] Zambrano,” The Score’s David Schuster said on the Danny Mac Show. “But then you have a lot of competition, [Randy] Wells, [Carlos] Silva, [Andrew] Cashner, even Casey Coleman, Jeff Samardzija. There’s a lot of younger players who will not be in that equation, but they’ll be pitchers you’ll be seeing on the North Side probably the next two or three years.”

LISTEN: David Schuster On The Danny Mac Show

But it’s the rotation for this season that has many Cubs’ fans asking questions.

“Is Silva’s contract automatically going to get him into the rotation?” Schuster asked. “Is Andrew Cashner’s ability going to get him into the rotation? I think time will tell on all these questions.”

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  • Jon, Montgomery

    what will it look like? probably like a pile of hot garbage

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  • Jake from da Burbs

    This doesn’t seem like a difficult question to answer.

    Cubs have Zambrano, Dempster and Garza as 1-2-3

    There are only 3 real candidates for 2 spots. Wells, Silva and Coleman. Coleman will probably be the odd man out especially if he still has options.

    Cashner could use another year in the bullpen refining a 3rd pitch as an 7th-8th inning guy. Samardzija will probably be our long guy/spot starter because he’s out of options.

    The only issue is that we have ZERO left handed starters. Its not the end of the world but ideally a lefty in the rotation is a good thing. Since they are intent on keeping Marshall as a lefty in the bullpen, James Russell might also be in the discussion as starter.

    The hope would be that Silva pitches well enough in the first half to make him a valued trade asset to ship off to another team. I also believe that Zambrano may be on a short leash this time. Yanks are always an option especially if CC goes down or if the rest of that rotation does nothing. I wouldn’t hesitate to trade Zambrano if the right deal comes either. But then again.. its Hendry we’re talking about… yeeshhh!

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Hendry/yeeshhh! is right!!!

    Good analysis/info Jake.

  • Earle Grisset

    Useful to me. niouwhgfd

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