This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Last week we looked at the AL East, and for the next four weeks, I'll continue to throw out some names for your consideration, covering one division each week. When the dust settles, we should be looking at Opening Day and hopefully have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2019 season. We're halfway home, so let's look at the:
National League Central
Chicago Cubs – A lot of the Cubs' pitching success in 2019 will revolve around the health of Yu Darvish. The Cubs have one of the more "set" rotations in the National League if Darvish is healthy. He has a pretty amazing repertoire and when right he's a true ace. But he has to be able to throw them all, and I can't justify paying full price without knowing for certain. He's huge reward but very high risk. The next four – Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana – are all viable fantasy rotation guys, not aces, but they can be quite productive pitching in front of that explosive lineup. Hamels was a huge addition last summer and he really perked up after coming over from Texas. I expect a very good season, and he could come at a bit of a discount on draft day. Lester still makes me crazy with his lack of willingness to hold runners (yet, he has remained viable). Quintana hasn't been as successful as I expected, but I do think he'll be a bit better