Is it time to worry about the Chicago Cubs starting rotation?

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Chicago Cubs: Alzolay has a ripe opportunity at hand

The sample size is not big, but Cubs fans have to be happy with what they have seen from Adbert Alzolay so far. He made his debut in relief against the Mets and made his first start against the Braves and has given up two runs in 8 2/3 innings while striking out nine batters. The two runs he has given up are solo homers, the only two hits he has given up total so far.

Sure there is still room for him to work. The walks are a bit high, six so far, but that is expected with a young kid like this. His stuff is electric with the fastball being thrown in the mid-90s and the breaking ball with great movement. The more he pitches the more he will grow.

It was pretty uncertain if Alzolay was going to stay up for long, but with the Hamels injury, this opens the door for him. His next start will be against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, his first road appearance as a big leaguer. Hopefully, he continues to impress and grow and show he is a big part of the future of this team.

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This is going to be a real test for this rotation. Everyone who is healthy has shown flashes of being themselves but has not had the consistency. It is really tough when the two best and most consistent pitchers are the ones who are hurt. Luckily the All-Star Break may help things out in terms of recovery time for Hamels and Hendricks.