Chicago Cubs: This is the perfect rotation for the 2021 season

(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
1 of 6
Chicago Cubsn Anthony Rizzo
(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

What rotation would be perfect for the Chicago Cubs during the 2021 season?

The Chicago Cubs are a team that is hard to read for 2021. We know what their perfect lineup would look like already if their goal was to win baseball games but we don’t know for sure right now if that is their goal. With the players that are currently there right now, you have to figure that is their goal at this point of the offseason. Their offense was brutal last season and a lot of their main core is the reason why.

With that said, they had some pretty good pitching throughout the year. That is if you only count their starting pitching. Their bullpen wasn’t very good at all, especially early. As the season went along they got a little bit better but it still wasn’t good enough. If they want to win this is something that is going to be addressed otherwise it will be more of the same in 2021.

Their starting pitching certainly kept up their end of the bargain, for the most part. Like any good team, they had their bumps and bruises along the way but they were good for the most part. It should look pretty similar to the rotation they had last season but there are going to be a few minor tweaks to it.

For one, Jon Lester is gone. He isn’t coming back after many years of being one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. He is the greatest free-agent signing in the history of the Chicago Cubs. Jose Quintana will also not be back which is a lesser blow to their team but it still is a Major League arm that is gone. With that said, this is what their best possible (realistic) rotation would look like in 2021 as of right now: