Who should be the Cubs’ Opening Day starter? (And does it matter?)

Hint: the answer to the second question is probably “not really.”

The Cubs‘ five-man rotation is now set, with the signing of Yu Darvish, and as I noted earlier today, this year’s five-man rotation will also almost certainly be the rotation in 2019 as well.

The only questions, then, for Joe Maddon as he puts this year’s rotation together, is what order they should throw in and who will get the Opening Day nod in Miami March 29. Since the Cubs begin on a 10-game road trip, it’s very likely that whoever goes against the Marlins that day will also get the start in the home opener against the Pirates April 9.

Here are the Cubs’ first five starters over the last eight years (note, six pitchers listed in two seasons because the OD starter went again before a fifth pitcher did). H/T to BCBer interbret for putting together this list:

2010: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Silva, Zambrano, Gorzelanny
2011: Dempster, Zambrano, Garza, Wells, Cashner
2012: Dempster, Garza, Samardzija, Volstad, Maholm
2013: Samardzija, Jackson, Wood, Feldman, Villanueva
2014: Samardzija, Jackson, Hammel, Wood, Samardzija, Villanueva
2015: Lester, Arrieta, Wood, Hammel, Hendricks
2016: Arrieta, Lester, Lackey, Hammel, Hendricks
2017: Lester, Arrieta, Lackey, Anderson, Hendricks

In general, the Opening Day …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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