1. The Chicago Cubs
It may seem like I am being biased here, but the numbers don't lie. Among all starting pitching staffs, the Cubs' ERA is currently fifth in the league. They are also the only team in the division to have two starting pitchers with ERA's below 3. Marcus Stroman (2.47) and Justin Steele (2.62) could both be in the Cy Young conversation if their success continues on its current trajectory. Drew Smyly has been fantastic and pitching above his expectations while Kyle Hendricks is showing signs of his 2016 self after coming back from a months-long shoulder injury. Despite their offensive inconsistencies, the starting rotation has been the shining spot and can hopefully carry the
The concerning piece of the puzzle has been Jameson Taillon, to who the Cubs have committed $68 million over the next four years. But the former second-overall pick has been incredibly bad this year with a 6.90 ERA in 13 games. He has one quality start on the year and left-handed hitters have an OPS over 1.000 against him. If this team really wants to make a run and jump ahead in the division, they're going to need Taillon to step up and at least give the team a chance during his starts. So far, the team is 2-11 in games where Taillon takes the mound.