Chicago Cubs: Projecting which starters will pitch the best in 2020

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Chicago Cubs: Quintana becomes a free agent at the end of the season. He  suggested to that he still feels like he needs to show fans that the trade that brought him to the other side of Chicago a couple of years ago was worth it

Last season, Quintana pitched well intermittently, but the overall body of work has disappointed. Last season, he posted a career-worst ERA, WHIP, and hits per nine innings.

Last season, really none of his pitches were working for him. Opponents posted batting averages in the .290’s against his fastballs and .354 against his changeup.

He should be extra motivated since it’s the last year of his current contract. Putting Quintana in the fifth spot on this list isn’t as much of an indictment on him as it may seem. If Quintana has a good season and is still indeed the fifth starter on the team, that probably means the Cubs have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball.

At least at the start of the season, it’s hard to see Ross putting the rotation newcomer Chatwood in front of stalwart Quintana. Regardless, Chatwood is going to have a better season than Quintana.

If this happens and Quintana still pitches relatively well, that bodes well for the Cubs chances to have an excellent rotation.