Thanks to starting pitching, the Chicago Cubs took two out of three games against Pittsburgh Pirates in the opening series of the season. Over the course of the three-game series, starting pitchers surrendered just two runs over 19 total innings pitched.
Thanks to Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson and Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs are off to a good start, despite not getting much run support as the offense only tallied up six runs in the three-game set.
While the talk of the town may be with closer Carlos Marmol and his struggles, the rotation has given the team and their fans reasons to be excited. It may have just been the team they were playing, and it is still early, but it’s hard to imagine the top three of the staff getting off to this hot of a start.
Although that conversation has been well earned, it’s exciting to think about a rotation that was stitched together holding their own so far.
This especially goes for Wood. Who only surrendered one hit over six innings, and only tossed 85 pitches. It’s a wonder that he was taken out so early in a tight game when it was apparent that he had another inning (possibly two) left in him, but it all worked out in the end as the team held on for the win.
We will see how Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva does to round out the rotation against a tough Atlanta lineup, but if the top three can lock down batters for an extended period of time, there’s going to be some buzz on the North side of Chicago.