The Chicago Cubs pitching staff is poised for a deep run into the postseason. The starting staff consists of three Cy Young candidates in Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks. Kyle Hendricks leads the National League with an earned run average 2.03, while both Lester and Arrieta top the league in wins. The rotation occupies three of the top seven positions in allowing hits and walks per nine innings of work. We can't forget John Lackey, who has been solid all season. Jason Hammel, who could be the odd man out in the postseason has registered fourteen wins on the campaign, and has been very effective until recent outings.
The bullpen should be solid with the starters going deep into games. Hector Rondon appears to have returned to form since coming off the disabled list, and the Cubs still hope to get setup man Pedro Strop back before the postseason begins. Travis Wood and Mike Montgomery will provide setup options from the left side. Aroldis Chapman provides the Cubs with a lights out closer in the ninth. The pitching gives the Cubs their chance to break the drought of not winning a World Series since 1908.