Barring a (sigh) Jake Peavy trade, the Chicago Cubs will go with Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Aaron Heilman, or Chad Gaudin as the fifth starter. For now, manager Lou Piniella says Marshall is the guy.

“Marshall, to me, has gotten better,” Chicago manager Lou Piniella said Saturday about the left-hander. “I liked him my first year here. I liked him a whole lot better last year.”

If Marshall’s gotten better, it’s easy to see why he’s the favorite to win the 5th spot. More quotes from Lou and Sean, after the jump.

“If Sean pitches the way I anticipate and stays healthy, he’s got a leg up for the fifth spot,” Piniella said.

That’s fine with Marshall.

“I’d rather start,” Marshall said Saturday. “But anything I can do to help the team win some games and give the team some good innings and put some zeros on the board, whether it’s in the bullpen or starting or coming in and getting a couple lefties out or getting a base hit, I’m ready to go.”

If I didn’t already have man-crush on Sean Marshall that was mostly not gay, but at the same time a little bit confusing, I would now.