On Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs are going for a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates in their three-game set. That said, good news sprang up from Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network regarding the starting rotation. The Cubs have set their rotation for the four-game set against the Diamondbacks and a familiar face is returning on Thursday.
As indicated, Marcus Stroman will start for the Cubs to open the Arizona series. He will be followed by Kyle Hendricks, Justin Steele, and Wade Miley in the final three games.
Stroman has not pitched since his birthday, May 1, when he threw seven shutout innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. That said, seeing the rotation continue to fill out brings hope for the starting staff as the season persists. Stroman threw a bullpen on Tuesday, which sparked optimism earlier this week that his return was imminent. Now, we’ll see him much sooner than expected.
Both Hendricks and Steele threw well against the Diamondbacks down in Arizona, and Wade Miley looked dynamic against the Pirates on Monday. Now, the Cubs rotation is as close to full strength as it has been all season.
In addition to the Stroman news, it appears the Cubs are hopeful that closer David Robertson is set to return soon as well. An unlikely bright spot, Robertson has been electric thus far for the Cubs and cemented himself as the team’s closer. Riding a four-game win streak, the Cubs are playing better at the right time and continuing to get healthy will only help this team if they’re to make up ground in the NL Central.
What’s On Tap Next?
Wednesday’s game against the Pirates is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. CDT. Following the Pittsburgh series, Thursday’s Diamondbacks game will also be a 6:40 p.m. start at Wrigley Field. Games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will all start at 1:20 p.m. barring any weather-related issues. This will be the first turn through the rotation where arguably the five best starters for the Cubs will pitch consecutively.
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