Saturday, December 22, 2012

The 2013 Chicago Cubs as I see it today

The Chicago Cubs 2013 opening day lineup as I see it today: 
  1. David DeJesus – CF
  2. Nate Schierholz – RF
  3. Anthony Rizzo -1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano – LF
  5. Starlin Castro – SS
  6. Ian Stewart – 3B
  7. Wellington Castillo – C
  8. Darwin Barney – 2B

Puke inducing.  There isn’t a much better way to describe this diatribe-inviting lineup. 
The Cubs starting rotation though, looks much better:
  1. Matt Garza
  2. Jeff Samardzija
  3. Edwin Jackson
  4. Travis Wood
  5. Scott Feldman/Carlos Villanueva

DL. Scott Baker

When Scott Baker returns this spring from Tommy John surgery he will join Edwin Jackson as another solid #3 MLB starter in this rotation.  Travis Wood, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva each have the potential to be #3 big league starters as well, but each also has experience in the bullpen giving the Cubs plenty of flexibility.

Bottom line: the Cubs should have a deep and effective starting rotation. Good pitching, solid defense and anemic offense.  Do I smell the number two wild card in the Cubs future?  If absolutely everything goes right, it could happen. Cubs fans are at least allowed to dream.  

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