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From my Cubs season preview on Monday... Burning QuestionIs the Cubs rotation solid enough to break .500 after Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster? You know what you're getting out of Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster: 15 or so wins, maybe 200 strikeouts, and an ERA lower than 4.00. Those are two legitimate, solid starting pitchers who could go for nearly any team in the league. But then, there are...the others. Chicago's final three starters as of right now are Pirates castoff Paul Maholm, converted reliever Jeff Samardzija, and former Marlins soft-tosser Chris Volstad. That is not a murderer's row that strikes fear into the hearts of all. Hell, let's throw Randy Wells in the mix too, because he's essentially the sixth starter right now. So, looking at those four pitchers, are you really getting scared as a Cubs opponent? We'll start with Maholm. His innings pitched have gone down in each season since 2008, and his groundball rate has gone down in each of those f...
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