We took a look at the Oliver projections for the Cubs hitters yesterday and realized how bad the offense currently is. The pitching projections are below:
The FIP column has grey text because I calculated the FIP based on the stats necessary to calculate it. The Cubs have four above average starting pitchers according to Oliver. Makes you wonder why Theo and Jed Hoyer are insistent the team is such need of pitching. If they traded Carlos Zambrano they’d be in need and I still think that’s much more likely than not, but the Oliver projections thinks the Cubs are a far better at pitching. That doesn’t mean they’re very good. They aren’t necessarily bad, but they’re not good either.
Oliver only projects 5 innings for Cashner, but that has more to do with his injury last year than anything else. I have no idea why it’s projecting 200 innings for Zambrano. It’s been a few years since he threw that many innings.