One of the Cubs’ offseason moves including filling the hole at the 5th starter spot, and they did so by taking a chance on injury-plagued Brett Anderson. The veteran lefty missed most of 2016 (only four games) and most of 2014 (only eight games) due to injury. However he made 31 starts in 2015 and posted a 10-9 record with a 3.69 ERA and had a sub-4 ERA in his eight years in the bigs.
The hope was to have him pitch decently and eat some innings to support the rest of the pitching staff. Six starts later, it looks like the experiment has failed. Anderson got one out in his start vs. the Yankees giving up five runs, after giving up seven runs in 1.1 innings in the start before. His season numbers include a 8.18 ERA, 2.09 WHIP in 22.1 innings.
The starting pitching as a whole has been extremely disappointing so far (the 38 first inning runs for example), but Anderson really stands out. He is on a cheap one-year deal so it is not biting into the payroll, but it just cannot continue. Mike Montgomery has a 1.29 ERA in 11 games and seems to be the guy to take the 5 spot. It is important to note Montgomery was the guy who was competing for the rotation in spring ball and has made spots starts before.
At this point, there needs to be a shake up. The starting pitching cannot continue like this and it is hard to say to a guy like Anderson who has dealt with ups and downs that he is not getting the job done…but he is not getting the job done. Montgomery should be making the next start in Anderson’s place and Anderson may be straight up released.