Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/9/14
The Chicago Cubs had a difficult season under new manager Dale Sveum, new GM Jed Hoyer and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. In my opinion, this was an example of many things going wrong, led by the injuries to RHP Matt Garza and trades of RHP Ryan Dempster, LHP Paul Maholm and others. I like some of the moves they made this off season, mainly the signings of Edwin Jackson, Scott Hairston and some under-the-radar starting pitchers. Though I do not see the team competing for a playoff spot, or finishing over .500 for that matter, I see a significant improvement from the 101 loss season of a year ago. However, their progress will be effected by the Houston Astros leaving the division and league. The theme from my inverse breakdown is pitching, mostly starting pitching. The teams that are below the Cubs have more questions, in my opinion, over what their rotation will look like and what they can depend on. Jeff Samardzija is one of the most underrated aces a team has...
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