Chicago Cubs fans must understand – this remains the Golden Age
Thank you, Jake
If Arrieta pitched his final game in Chicago, what better way than walking off the mound a winner. Arrieta is a testament to what can happen, and what good things still lie ahead.
No one foresaw the kind of picture he was carving when Theo brought him and Pedro Strop aboard in 2013 for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman.
Sure, the starting pitching will have its holes. Heading into Opening Day right now, as is, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jose Quintana are your front three. Though Epstein said Mike Montgomery (5-5, 4.15 ERA as a starter), likely continues in his bullpen role, perhaps Montgomery gets an opportunity to start, a role he has expressed previous desire in.
Then there’s the 23-year-old, and 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Jen-Ho Tseng (13-4, 2.54 ERA). He could get a serious look in camp, as well.