Sizing up the Cubs' rotation

Sizing up the Cubs' rotation

There are 12 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 12, 2008, titled Sizing up the Cubs' rotation. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Starting pitching probably will be the key to the Cubs' 2008 season. That's just as it was last year, when they finished second in the NL behind San Diego with a collective 4.04 earned-run average, including a ...

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clyde

Brunswick, GA

#1 Feb 13, 2008
One genuine starter, one journeyman, one retread and a couple of who-knows? do not a major league rotation make.
Spending money is not the problem any longer with the Cubs, WHAT they spend it on IS.

Since: Dec 07

AOL

#2 Feb 13, 2008
clyde wrote:
One genuine starter, one journeyman, one retread and a couple of who-knows? do not a major league rotation make.
Spending money is not the problem any longer with the Cubs, WHAT they spend it on IS.
Lilly & Hill are two good lefties, what are you talking about "Clod"
Ron

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 13, 2008
Dempster hasn't been a useful starter since 2000, spending 2001-2002 putting up a 4.85 ERA in a park that's not exactly a bandbox.

Good to see Sullivan's still getting paid to write about baseball.
Mike

Hinsdale, IL

#4 Feb 13, 2008
I'd take Lilly any day of the week but the rest will be a roller coaster. It should be a fun ride though.
Shaun

Quincy, MA

#5 Feb 13, 2008
Dempster, Marquis, & Lieber... 3 big question marks.

Good thing Hendry didn't go after Santana,'cuz we'd hate to see him make those other three guys look bad.

Sheesh.
Joe

Highland Park, IL

#6 Feb 13, 2008
DEMPSTER???!?!?
Are you kidding?
The key phrase you used was "early in his career."
"Early in his career" was the last time Dumpster was a capable pitcher at all.
This guy hasn't been a hurler of any quality in 6 or 7 years.
Can't throw over 88 mph, isn't a challenge to hitters, and lets WAY too many men on base.
This guy makes $4 million a year; he isn't worth $4000.
As a reliever, he'd be afraid to confront hitters and his solution would often be to throw four pitches outside in the dirt, and hope the batter would swing at three of them.
Just remember this: when the Cubs went on that hot streak last June, where was Dempster?
On the DL.
The Cubs need to get rid of this guy pronto.
Mike

United States

#7 Feb 13, 2008
You'd think that after 100 years of not meeting expectations, the organization would've learned to stop dealing in "what ifs" by now.

Since: Jan 08

Chicago

#8 Feb 13, 2008
Joe wrote:
DEMPSTER???!?!?
Are you kidding?
The key phrase you used was "early in his career."
"Early in his career" was the last time Dumpster was a capable pitcher at all.
This guy hasn't been a hurler of any quality in 6 or 7 years.
Can't throw over 88 mph, isn't a challenge to hitters, and lets WAY too many men on base.
This guy makes $4 million a year; he isn't worth $4000.
As a reliever, he'd be afraid to confront hitters and his solution would often be to throw four pitches outside in the dirt, and hope the batter would swing at three of them.
Just remember this: when the Cubs went on that hot streak last June, where was Dempster?
On the DL.
The Cubs need to get rid of this guy pronto.
That's Hendry's MO. Pick up guys who were good 5 years ago but are just coming off of injuries to see if they can "get back to form".
joe

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 13, 2008
okay lets start sizing
LousBigBelly

Elmhurst, IL

#10 Feb 13, 2008
I know Paul hasn't written too much over the winter, but this is the best he can do with analysis:
"He needs to take another step forward in '08, win 15 games and establish himself as one of the league's best left-handers."
Wow, very insightful. I'm sure winning 15 games will catapult him over the likes of Johan Santana, Cole Hamels or even Scott Kazmir.
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#11 Feb 13, 2008
And I suppose Paul should've said Hill needs to win what? 20-25 games to establish himself?
Carmen Fanzone

Humble, TX

#12 Feb 14, 2008
How many teams have a better number 5 starter than Lieber? His injurys the last two seasons were not arm related. I expect him to win 15 games in the number 5 slot. Why is there no mention of Marshall in the rotation? He had a 3.92 ERA last season which was better than Zambrano's. No I don't think he's a better pitcher but he certainly deserves to be in the back end of this rotation.

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