What a great rotation we have now, Germano the rookie, Shark who many thought was ready to anchor this rotation but is reverting back to the old Samardzija, Wood who gives you a couple of solid starts then tanks the next few, Garza who is ineffective when he's not injured and Volstad and Coleman, when he starts, who are truly awful. Add to that a bullpen that has forgotten not only how to get people out but how to even throw strikes! If you want a 100 loss season and that first round draft pick then just entrust your pitching to this pathetic ensemble. Hopefully none of these losers are in Epsteins plans for the future, the whole of Cubs pitching needs a major overhaul, not even good hitting from our young players and Soriano can help the shoddy work being performed out on the mound by Cubs pitchers.
Note to Padre hitters in the upcoming series, just stand at the plate and wait for your walk!
Germano is not a rookie, and he pitched well since becoming a Cub.
Shark is hitting more innings than he's pitched in the past, first year being stretched out, be mad next year if he does the same thing.
Wood, well when he's on he's lights out, but man... Jury is out on whether or not he can piece it together... I'd say the same for Volstad (Who I think may be solely a hot weather pitcher, see his good September last year).
The bullpen is a disappointment, but if it wasn't for our bullpen we would be in the middle of our division, probably looking at the 10th pick of the draft as opposed to a top 5. So is it really all that disappointing?
Apologies for Germano, you're right he's not a rookie, just new to the Cubs.
I just don't see where Epstein and Co are going with the pitching, yes we've picked up Vizcaino and some other arms and there are some kids in the draft who are interesting but even decent pitching is many years away. We'll be in the position that our good young position players might be hitting a storm in the future but our pitching staff will be mediocre. Epstein has said he won't explore 'high priced' free agents, so just exactly what could we get pitching wise through that channel? The Cubs are in danger of not having an ace or even a #2 pitcher for 4 or 5 seasons....uuurgh!
We can't always live in the moment with tunnel vision... Just because something isn't here today doesn't mean it won't arise tomorrow..
Say Shark pitches inconsistent next year, but a better version of inconsistent... We have a #2/3 guy right there... What happens when we trade Garza? We have 2 MLB ready pitchers we can use with one being that potential ACE. That's the only way the Garza deal gets done.
Players like TWood, Germano, Volstad sound like the fillers for the back end of a rotation. If it's not them next year the Cubs will stockpile a few "upside" pitchers in the offseason again... Call-up or give a chance to Rusin/Raley... By the next year and call-ups we're right where we need to be... And not until then 2014 will MOST of the bats be in place to make contention...
While you can't always find an ACE, one can find you and the rest of the rotation can be simply solid.
Agreed. However unlike the NBA or NFL a high draft pick is usually takes a couple of years before hes on the ML roster.
If this is our rotation next year we will lose 120 easily.
No, its not ok to lose, never.
That said, I like and want to see some of the young/new talent in this organization, such as Germano and BJackson, et al. Hopefully we see some more callups, especially in Sept. I still dont like to see AS and DDJ blocking possible OF candidates, or maybe we just wait until Sept 1?