Sorry for the lack of news lately. It’s not the Cubs fault, I had a case of anti-spring training flu that caused me to dry heave violently at the thought of writing about fake games for the next 45 days. I’ve taken some Dramamine and I think I’m good to make it to opening day. On to a small piece of news. The rotation is set….almost.
If you’re wondering the source of my spring training nausea, it’s due to the fact that we make roster decisions based on a small sample size of games that a lot of time takes place against a populous of players with a small sample size of Major League experience. These stats dictate who makes the opening day roster. Thankfully, Dale Sveum saved us a tiny bit by naming Scott Feldman to his opening day roster rotation, joining Matt Garza (assuming he is not traded), Edwin Jackson, and Jeff Samardzija. That leaves one spot open for competition among the other names. My guess is that the early favorite in the race is Travis Wood because he throws left handed and pitched well enough last year to earn a shot. Scott Baker figures to not quite be healthy enough for the gig as of opening day as he continues to come back from an injury, and Carlos Villanueva seems like he may be better suited as a long man out of the pen. There figure to be others lobbying for a spot, but that seems to be where we stand at this point, and I’m OK with that.