John Smoltz Could Fortify the Chicago Cubs’ Rotation

Posted: 12th November 2009 by Matt Trueblood in MLB
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When Ted Lilly opted for left shoulder surgery on Nov. 3, he may have put his Chicago Cubs in the market for a free agent starter. One week later, an story revealed that John Smoltz, who filed for free agency Nov. 5, hopes to pitch in 2010. For many Cubs fans, the gravity of that revelation should not be overlooked. Smoltz struggled in a brief stint in the American League last season, but came around under the tutelage of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan after signing with St. Louis in August. He struck out 40, and issued only nine walks in 33 innings of work as a Cardinal. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild is no Dave Duncan, so Smoltz will have to show that he still has some of the magic that made him the 1996 Cy Young Award winner and that gave him 213 wins and 154 saves. ...

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