Chicago Cubs News: Pitching is the name of the game

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The Chicago Cubs have several pitchers working their way through the system. And part of what will play into the success of the Cubs is homegrown pitching.

For the first time in several seasons. the Chicago Cubs have some homegrown pitching in their ranks. For guys like Jose AlbertosAdbert Alzolay and Oscar De La Cruz among others–the pitching front looks bright. But many of these aren’t scheduled to hit Wrigley Field until 2020 or beyond. With the exception of Dillon Maples, it could be a while before we see any of them in Chicago. But could the next wave of pitchers be groomed in Chicago?

For many of these pitchers, it’s a long road. While hitters can “show they can hit”, pitchers often need to develop over a longer period. They also need to develop or refine pitches as they work their way through the system. After taking positional players in the first round for the last five seasons, the Cubs put a new price on pitching. The Cubs took a pitcher with their first pick, and it might not be the last time for a while that you see that.

It’s time for our Yu Darvish watch, and we know–you’re getting tired of it. So are we. But this is the hand we’re dealt, so let’s just get through it. While the Cubs do still remain the favorite, the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t given up hope. They’re looking to clear out cap space and have room to add Darvish. This is an unlikely scenario, but it’s one they’re giving their best effort on. Not to mention the Brewers have poked their heads in, but to hat extent, we aren’t sure.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Homegrown pitching will decide championship window’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Several Cubs’ pitchers working their way up’ – Cubbies Crib

‘The painstaking Darvish update’ – Cubbies Crib

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‘Former outfielder Gamble dead at 68’ – ESPN

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