Just over a week into the 2019 season, many Chicago Cubs fans were ready to throw in the towel and wave the “there’s always next year” white flag we’ve all heard in the past. After 12 games, the Cubs were 4-8, with their pitching staff off to an especially awful start. In their first six games, Cubs pitchers gave up an astonishing 46 runs.
Thankfully, the Cubs have done a complete 180-degree turnaround and are firing on all cylinders through the middle of May. A particular bright spot has been a streak of excellent starts by Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.