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Chicago Cubs: What to Expect from the 2012 Rotation
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Sometimes I think many Cubs fans like myself forget that the 2011 season ever really happened. Never fear, I don't believe this to be an outbreak of city-wide mass amnesia (although that idea does sound like a concept that should be pitched in a new Kiefer Sutherland TNT drama). The 2011 season itself was simply the definition of forgettable.

Matt Garza pitched admirably in a doomed season. Usually consistent Ryan Dempster was getting blown-up all year long. Young talent Andrew Cashner was held to a single start due to injury. The biggest issue was the rag-tag C-squad that took over the third, fourth and fifth spots in the rotation, compiling league worst production.

Blaming Mike Quade simply doesn't cut it. No manager can take a Doug Davis or Carlos Silva and spin gold from straw.

The team has come out to say that for 2012, they can be safe every single day throwing out a pitcher. More or less I do agree, as the back end of the rotation has been shored up considerably with talent.

Yet talent never equals the expected production. On paper the staff looks to be a lot safer than 2011, but let's delve into it a little bit to see if this rings true.

This is the expected order of the 2012 Cubs rotation. Let's not get into the positioning from day one, as it's not something that really holds a lot of weight. You'll see why.

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