Chicago Cubs' Starting Pitching All Excelling Elsewhere

By Nick Schaeflein
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday was a day to forget for the Chicago Cubs. However, it also could have been a day to wonder what could have been for the franchise. For the Cubs, it was a day filled with potential missed starting pitching possibilities.

It started bright and early for Chicago when they took on the New York Yankees and one of their prized free-agent signings in Masahiro Tanaka. The Cubs were also one of the teams in on the bidding for the right-hander only to miss out and lose Tanaka to the Yankees. After ten strikeouts and only able to muster two bunt hits, the Cubs were left to wonder what could have been when watching Tanaka from across the field.

However, forgive Chicago if scoreboard watching throughout the day also made the Cubs a bit weak in the knees. Wednesday also saw Julio Teheran dazzle in his first career complete game with a shutout and only three hits allowed. A few years back, the Cubs very nearly had Teheran or Randall Delgado acquired via trade in exchange for Ryan Dempster. Any deal was denied when Dempster would not revoke his no trade clause to join the Atlanta Braves.

Finally, out west the Cubs may have seen Andrew Cashner continue to deal as the ace of the San Diego Padres. Over his last dozen starts, Cashner is one of the hottest pitchers going in the game. The big right-hander was once a Cub but was moved in order to get Anthony Rizzo in return. It was certainly a day of wonderment for the Cubs, both in person and on the scoreboard.

Now with Jeff Samardzija taking the mound for the fourth time this year, he is still in search of his first victory of the 2014 season. He has certainly pitched worthy enough of three wins, but after being shutout in two of them and the bullpen letting the third decision slip away, it is a wonder just how many starts Samardzija has left has a Cub. Tanaka, Teheran, Cashner and Samardzija would be a lethal rotation, but it is also a very real possibility that all four could be pitching against the Cubs within the next year. With no extension done, and even Samardzija himself on record of expecting a trade a some point, the Cubs could be left to wonder once again.

Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.

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