Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL Central
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL Central

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National League Central

Chicago Cubs – A couple years ago, I suggested Yu Darvish might be a Cy Young contender, but injuries derailed that prediction, and he hasn't been fully healthy since. That is until late last season. He struggled through most of the first three months but appeared to settle in from July on. Folks, I'm back on the wagon. If he's healthy all season, he'll be a dominant force. He's a potentially huge reward arm, but recent seasons do suggest there is some risk. The next three – Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jose Quintana – are all viable fantasy rotation guys, not aces, but they can be productive pitching in front of that explosive lineup. Hendricks is the best of that group, but soft-tossers can be very vulnerable because they don't have the raw stuff to overcome mistakes or off days. If he gets just slightly out of sync, things can get ugly, but he has proven he can spot his pitches pretty consistently, so he is generally on top of his game. I consider Lester and Quintana to be "what you see is what you get" guys. Both have fairly pedestrian stuff, and their performance puts them at the back of most fantasy rotations. I will say I think Quintana has enough to provide better peripherals, so he could provide a bit more if things go his way. I think my biggest concern would again be the last rotation slot. When they signed Tyler Chatwood

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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