Cubs must answer these big questions heading into Spring Training 2.0
Chicago Cubs: The answer seems obvious now – but could change
Right now the likely fifth starter is Tyler Chatwood. Last year we saw the right-hander bounce back after his awful 2018 with a decent showing as a long reliever/spot starter. He is the guy listed on the depth chart and has the experience that the other candidates do not have. However there are other candidates that are under consideration.
The most notable name is Alec Mills. In 16 appearances (six starts) as a Cub going back to 2018, Mills has pitched to a 3.17 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 1.1 WHIP and and 10.8 K/9. He has overall impressed in his spot starts and has been considered a candidate for the fifth spot for a while now. It is possible he earns his way to that role during the season depending on what happens with him and Chatwood. If Chatwood is first in line, then he is likely second.
As mentioned earlier Colin Rea has been talked about regarding the role. We can also throw in Adbert Alzolay’s name in there as he is still considered part of the future. These guys could have a shot later in the short season if the others do not work out or get hurt. It is unlikely either have a shot at starting the season in the fifth starter role.
These are just some of the things people are wondering about going into 2020. Some of these questions can be answered fans while others will be answered during the regular season. Regardless of when these questions are answered, it is going to be an odd one.