Drew Smyly


To start the season, 4/5 of the Cubs’ ideal starting rotation was intact. Marcus Stroman was the one ready to get the ball on Opening Day. Justin Steele was the young star ready to build on a strong 2022 campaign cut short by injury. Jameson Taillon was the free-agent signing coming off two solid years in the Bronx. Drew Smyly…

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field to open a nine-game home stand Tuesday night, but obviously, they aren’t far removed from a disappointing nine-game road trip. There were some positives to come from it — especially in some individual hitting performances — but the overall negatives sunk them. They couldn’t get the offense, the rotation and the bullpen clicking at…