Assuming we’ve finally put the Johan Santana to the Cubs talk aside, it’s time to take a look at the starters we have in house and see what you the reader thinks would be the best course of action for the club to take for this year’s rotation.

I’m going to go ahead and pencil in Zambrano, Lilly and Hill in as the first three starters, but the 4th and 5th spots seem to be up for grabs. We need your vote. I’ve set up a poll for you to vote with. I am giving away a copy of the Bill James Handbook to one random participant that completes the poll and leaves contact information in it. Have fun with this and it’s time to meet the candidates. I’ve included their 2007 stats for your reference, with each name hyperlinked to their player page on Baseball Reference:

Name YR Level W L IP ERA WHIP
Jason Marquis 2007 MLB 12 9 191.2 4.60 1.39
Sean Marshall 2007 MLB 7 8 103.1 3.92 1.37
Ryan Dempster 2007 MLB 2 7 66.2 4.73 1.34
Mark Prior 2006 MLB 1 6 43.2 7.21 1.70
Sean Gallagher 2007 AAA / AA 10 3 101.1 3.10 1.22
Kevin Hart 2007 AAA / AA 12 6 158.0 3.99 1.30
Angel Guzman 2007 MLB 0 1 30.1 3.56 1.35

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Polls close on December 7th, a day that will live in infamy, at 5pm EDT

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail