Chicago Cubs: Why a six-man rotation makes perfect sense

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Mike Montgomery
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Mike Montgomery /
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As the 2018 season grinds on, the idea of a six-man rotation makes too much sense to be dismissed out of hand by the Chicago Cubs.

A recent injury to Yu Darvish may well be a blessing in disguise for the 2018 Chicago Cubs. The reported triceps inflammation doesn’t seem all too serious. In the meantime, his absence in the rotation gets lefty Mike Montgomery the look as a starter that he’s been craving.

If Monty builds on his success from his first start, a six-man rotation may be a concept manager Joe Maddon embraces once Darvish returns to health.

One thing we’ve learned in Maddon’s time as Cubs skipper is that unpredictability reigns supreme. That being the case, it is impossible to predict if a six-man starting rotation is something Joe would consider. For the sake of this piece, let’s assume he would. With that assumption in place, the conversation can shift to the logical reasoning behind such a move.