Team Synopsis, by Nick
As I sit in front of my keyboard trying to describe the Chicago Cubs pitching rotation, only one description really comes to mind, hardly average. For as long as the Chicago Cubs have been an organization in Major League Baseball, I honestly cannot recall a single season where they have had an entire pitching staff that can overwhelm hitters. Well, Atari's arcade version of RBI Baseball certainly provides an accurate yet depressing version of what they believe to be the Cubs all-time pitching rotation. They start you off with 1984's hero Rick Sutcliffe aka the Red Barron. Sound okay so far? Well wait until you actually start pitching him. Sutcliffe lacks velocity on his fastball in a really big way. Unless I am doing something wrong, I cannot recall being able to have him throw a fastball over 90mph. This is really disappointing since that lacking certainly eliminates a much-needed weapon from his limited arsenal. But folks listen, you have no choice but to utilize Sutcliffe because second in the rotation is Ferguson Jenkins. Now when a name like Jenkins comes to mind, one should feel a sense of calm knowing the caliber of pitching they have in Jenkins. Heck we are talking about a hall of famer! As far as I know Fergie was not only known for his fastball but some other crafty pitches as well. Arcade RBI has really done an injustice to Fergie by not giving him the capability to even throw a halfway decent pitch. His RBI counterpart really lacks all the qualities of a great pitcher. Folks, I am scared to throw him!! It's impending disaster of biblical proportions!! If Sutcliffe gets tired, please do yourself a favor and go straight to the relievers, you are a lot safer that way. Speaking of relievers, I question that you will find a better one-two combo than Bruce Sutter and Lee Smith. Man are these guys good, especially Smith. He has all the qualities of a dominant reliever. It is good to know that a bright spot does exist in this all right-handed pitching staff.