Chicago Cubs set their pitching rotation
Joe Maddon set the pitching rotation coming out of spring training. It’s a weird thing to see but the MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks will get the 5th start. Really it doesn’t matter after these starts Maddon is just making the right-left matchups. Joe Maddon cites Hendricks Lack of ego allowing for this move saying,
“Everyone gets hung up on numbers,” Maddon said Thursday afternoon. “He’s definitely better than a No. 5 starter. It just happens we’re going to slot him in the 5-hole coming out of camp. It’s not a pecking order of ability by any means.”
The opening day starter will be given to Jon Lester with Arrieta then Lackey. Brett Anderson will get the ball in game four. Anderson if he stays healthy won the job over Mike Montgomery. Maddon says that he wants to keep Anderson out of the bullpen due to past injuries. Citing a bad back, Joe Maddon really doesn’t think he can get Brett ready mid-game. With Mike Montgomery looking ok during spring training, he will start in the bullpen.
“We had a nice conversation with Montgomery,” Maddon said. “He understood. He had a great attitude about all of this.”
During the season the fifth starter doesn’t really matter. To the testament of Kyle Hendricks being a real pro going out there as the 5th spot and not caring at all. It’s a really great problem to have one of the best pitchers in baseball with no ego.