On Monday, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross provided clarity on who his starters will be against the Brewers this week. Although a four-game series, Ross provided context on who his first three starters are to open the season.
Fans already knew that Kyle Hendricks will get the ball on Opening Day. However, many fans assumed Marcus Stroman would take the ball on Friday. Instead, David Ross hit everyone with a metaphorical curveball of his own and slots Stroman third behind left-handed pitcher Justin Steele.
Steele has pitched very well during Spring Training, as has Stroman. Although Hendricks has struggled, he is the one pitcher that fans have confidence in when it comes to making necessary adjustments. In addition, he is the longest standing starter in the rotation and has earned the chance to take the ball in the first game of the year.
Not only do the Cubs have some versatility now by structuring their rotation the way they have, but it also indicates who Ross has confidence in entering the season. The Cubs' rotation is set for now, but who knows how it will evolve throughout the marathon that is the MLB season.
Matchups This Weekend:
Thursday, April 7: RHP Kyle Hendricks vs. (likely) RHP Corbin Burnes
Friday, April 8: LHP Justin Steele vs. (likely) RHP Brandon Woodruff
Saturday, April 9: RHP Marcus Stroman vs. (likely) RHP Freddy Peralta