The Cubs have been wise to stock pile starting pitching this offseason.
It only makes sense–winning baseball survives on good starting pitching–and the Cubs are clearly thin throughout its rotation.
What Epstein & Co. are playing this winter is a numbers game through free agent signings and trades–a roll of the dice on helter-skelter hurlers who may, or may not, return to their past successes on the mound.
We know it’s not the ideal way to staff a rotation, or the way Epstein and Hoyer will fill the void down the road.
But for the time being, it’s the most practical and affordable way to help mask the development of the Cubs’ soon-to-be youthful and inexperienced lineup.
Obviously, there’s no guarantee the newest additions of Travis Wood, Andy Sonnastine, Chris Volstad and now, Paul Maholm, will pan out.
In fact, it’s more than likely most of them won’t. But let’s say two of them do surprise us. Then what would happen?