Chicago Cubs Rumors: Starting pitching a need, but an ace isn’t

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Chicago Cubs: This team’s biggest question mark

Without a doubt, Yu Darvish has been the biggest disappointment not just for the Cubs, but arguably in all of Major League Baseball.

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The right-hander has experienced a dismal start to his Cubs career. He is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and has only made eight starts due to multiple DL stints.

Darvish has been on the disabled list for a month-plus, and he has suffered setbacks in the rehab process, so there is no timetable for a return. For all we know, he won’t throw another pitch in 2018. There’s a thought for you.

Jose Quintana has been relatively stable. He is 8-6 with a very respectable 3.93 ERA in his 18 starts. In the second half, he needs to focus on limiting the free passes and long-balls, as both are trending above his career averages so far this season.

I can go on for quite a while about how awful Tyler Chatwood has been. He carries a 5.01 ERA and issued a league-high 70 walks in his 16 starts. He’s got the stuff, but without the control, he’s a major question mark, as well.