With all the holes in the current Cub rotation, I thought it might be fun to put together a "dream" starting five, consisting of the five best seasons by individual Cubs' starting pitchers since 1971 (kind of random, but it was the year I was born, so it seems like a good place to begin. I didn't want to go too far back).
Here's what I came up with, in order of greatness:
1971 Fergie Jenkins (24-13, 30 CGs, 2.77 ERA, 263 K's, 37 walks allowed in 325 innings, Cy Young winner)
1984 Rick Sutcliffe (16-1, 7 CGs, 3 shutouts in 20 starts, 2.69 ERA, pitched 2-hitter to clinch division, Cy Young winner)
1992 Greg Maddux: (20-11, 268 innings, 9 CGs, 4 shutouts, 199 K's, 2.18 ERA, Cy Young winner)
2003 Mark Prior (18-6, 2.43 ERA, 245 K's)
1977 Rick Reuschel (20-10, 8 CGs, 4 shutouts, 2.79 ERA)
What do you all think? Not a bad starting five, if I may say so myself. Still, I'm curious if there are other pitchers people might lobby for to be on this list. Maybe I've missed someone (perhaps Jon Lieber's 20-win season was better than Reuschel's, some might say). Or maybe some people would say Maddux had a better year in 1988 or 1989 than he did in 1992 (which is definitely an argument with teeth, considering that Maddux was 15-3 at the All-Star break in 1988). I welcome anyone with an opinion to weigh in.