Gamecast: September 1st vs. Astros - No. 5 Starter
The Cubs are still playing bad, but lets take a look at the fifth part of our series looking at the 2010 Chicago Cubs.
Starting Pitcher - No. 5 Starter (??????????)
Contract 2009: 7 Million
Contract 2010: ????????
Stats 2009: 8-8, 4.19 ERA in 129 innings. 152/58 K/BB with a 1.29 WHIP
The big question is who is the fifth starter in the Cubs rotation. Granted, Randy Wells is really that guy this year, the Cubs don't have a 5th pitcher for the next season. Do the Cubs resign Rich Harden or do they let Sean Marshall have another shot at starting? Harden will probably be better, but of course there are health concerns there, and Marshall has been up and down.
If the Cubs sign Harden to a one-year deal it could be about 10 million, so the Cubs might be less than willing to give that kind of money.
2010 Payroll: 44.8 Million (4 Starting Pitchers)
2010 Average: 12.2 Million a player
Anybody playing the Cubs.
The Cubs have been just about impossible to watch this season, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Here's hoping for a change of luck tonight.