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The Chicago Cubs' starting rotation has been hit and miss this season—no pun intended. While the team hasn't exactly been the most exciting to watch, the team must rely on their starters to at least try and keep them in most of these battles.
Garza hasn't exactly had the best offense to pitch behind, but he still has solid numbers. Through five starts, the Cubs ace is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA. He has 36 strikeouts through 33.2 innings, but as previously mentioned, the Cubs' offense isn't doing much for him.
With Ryan Dempster currently on the DL, Garza is going to need to continue to keep bringing it, despite the team struggling. Whenever he steps on the mound, the Cubs are in a good position to grab a win.
One of the Cubs' offseason acquisitions was Pittsburgh Pirates' left-handed pitcher Maholm. The Cubs needed a lefty in the lineup, but Maholm hasn't exactly delivered with a 6.20 ERA through four starts.
The Cubs needed a left-hander in the lineup, but it is looking like the veteran isn't exactly paying dividends just yet. Perhaps things get better in May, but from the looks of it, Maholm isn't going be dominating lineups anytime soon.
This experiment isn't close to being over, but Samardzija needs to find some consistency rather quickly.
In his last start, against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 24, the former Notre Dame product struck out nine batters in 6.2 innings. He didn't give up a single run in that outing, which was a positive after he gave up five in 3.2 innings in his previous outing against the Miami Marlins.
Samardzija has a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 4.13. That doesn't represent his best stuff, but with a little consistency, he could move his way up to potential ace status.
When the Cubs received Volstad from the Marlins in exchange for Carlos Zambrano, fans had to figure it couldn't get any worse. Well...it has.
In five starts this season, Volstad is 0-3 with an ERA of 6.11. The Cubs have not come away with a single win in any of his outings, and he has allowed an average of 6.4 hits per game while never going beyond six innings.
Volstad was worth a try, but don't expect him to keep any potential call-ups out of the rotation.
Wells was brought up into the rotation when Dempster hit the DL. He has only made two starts, so his sample size is rather small, but things just haven't been good. Wells is 0-1 with an ERA of 6.23 through just 8.2 innings.
After not making the initial roster, this is Wells' chance to prove he belongs. If he can't turn things around soon, the Cubs may decide they are best to move on sooner than later.