Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish makes first start, Jon Lester and more

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The Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish made his first start of the spring on Tuesday. Jon Lester knows what the team needs from him this season and more in today’s Morning Marquee.

It seems so long ago that Chicago Cubs‘ fans (some of them) we’re excited to see Yu Darvish make his first start for the Cubs. Forty innings later, his season was over. It’s been a long season of rehab for Darvish, and yesterday he got back on the mound for the first time. The results were mixed, but his velocity was good, and he had no pain after throwing, which is good news for his first start of the spring.

Cubs’ Jon Lester is one of the few of the ‘old school’ guys left in the league. He doesn’t embrace the metrics. He wants his 200 innings because he’s a starter, and starters are there to eat up innings. And while at age 35, he doesn’t believe he’s slipping, or ‘over the hill,’ as some have presumed. He’s using all of that as motivation for this season — the same as Kris Bryant. Maybe people should stop riling up the Cubs. It might not end well for them.

The Cubs made some additions this winter, but none like they have in the past few years. Does this lack of significant talent being added mean the team will have a sub-par season because of it? Far from it, as the Cubs feel they already have the talent in place. Health is a critical facet of success in baseball. Last year, the Cubs were on the wrong end of that. Adding more players and more money to the payroll wasn’t going to fix that.

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