5. RHP Jameson Taillon
So there finally looks like there could be hope with Jameson Taillon since he tossed eight 1 hit innings in his last outing against the Yankees in the Bronx. But up until that start, Taillon has struggled mightily in the first few months of his four-year contract with the Cubs. A deal worth $68 million total, $14 million of which he will earn in 2023.
In 15 starts so far, Taillon owns a 6.15 ERA over 71.2 innings pitched. The Cubs have won just 3 of the 15 games he started and they need him to get going soon. His contact cannot be judged a failure yet because a lot of pitchers struggle in their first season with a new team. A notable example for the Cubs is Jon Lester during the 2015 season, who had a roller-coaster first year of his five-year contract. Hopefully, Taillon can build on his successful return to the Bronx and string together some good outings down the stretch. The starting rotation has been fantastic so far despite Taillon's inconsistency, so his return to form would make the rotation that much more formidable.