POLL NO. 2: WHO’D BE YOUR PICK FOR THE CUBS’ OPENING DAY STARTER?
Upshot: Manager David Ross went with Hendricks, a perfectly defensible move but for the fact that Darvish was signed to be the Cubs’ ace. In Year 3 of Darvish’s six-year contract, will he finally be the Cubs’ best pitcher? Hendricks is as solid as a guy with a high-80s fastball can be, though, and Lester’s run as an ace is over.