By Nick Wilder
The end result of the 2013 Cubs season has been known for some time, but there are still a few interesting storylines to discuss and monitor as the season winds down.
Len Kasper, the team's play-by-play announcer, joined the Mully and Hanley Show on 670 The Score to discuss these various topics in depth on Tuesday morning.
“I think the Cubs starting pitchers next season will be Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson,” Kasper said. “Chris Rusin will probably be in the mix for the fifth spot in the rotation and then maybe there will be one spot open. The Cubs could sign a veteran pitcher maybe at a below market cost for that last spot.”
Cubs Manager Dale Sveum recently said that Travis Wood is the team’s No. 1 starter right now. Wood has a record of 9-11 with a 3.05 ERA, but is currently enjoying an 11-inning scoreless streak. Kasper shared his thoughts on Sveum's declaration.
“Well Samardzija was the Opening Day starter, and you would consider him the No. 1 starter just how he is lined up in the rotation. But if you base it on the season everybody has had, you would absolutely say Wood has been the Cubs No. 1 starter,” Kasper said.
In addition, a reoccurring theme of this disappointing Cubs season has been placing much of the blame on shortstop Starlin Castro. The 23-year-old has nine home runs, 39 RBIs and a career-worst batting average of .239. Kasper shared his thoughts on Castro and his play as of late.
“I think Castro has turned the tide the last couple of weeks. He’s been squaring up balls a lot better recently and I think he’s been trying to empty his head at the plate,” Kasper said. “However, we do tend to focus on the bad and not accentuate the good sometimes with Castro. You just want him to have confidence going into the offseason.”
Do you agree or disagree with Kasper's thoughts on the Cubs?