Fifth Starter Spot: It’s Doug Davis

His short outing at AAA yesterday was indeed the tea leaf to read – Doug Davis will start on Saturday for the Chicago Cubs, the first day in a week and a half that they need a fifth starter. Davis, 35, hasn’t pitched in the bigs since mid-2010, and he wasn’t particularly good that year – going just 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA. He was dealing with shoulder issues and a heart problem at the time, however, both of which he is reportedly over.

Reports say Davis looks good, even if he was never a dominating starter even during his best days. He had a few successful minor league outings, and he’ll probably give the Cubs a chance to win on Saturday. A chance.

The most important takeaway: there’s is zero chance this is not a better decision than going with James Russell again. I was critical of the Cubs for poor planning with respect to Davis’ schedule, so I commend them for righting that wrong.

I do not, however, absolve the team of subjecting us to four (*FOUR*) James Russell starts.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

5 responses to “Fifth Starter Spot: It’s Doug Davis”

  1. Jeff

    Odds on Doug Davis looking very James Russell like on Sunday?

  2. Michigan Goat

    And there was much rejoicing, Yeah!

    And whats that, we scored 5 with bases loaded, our 1-6 hitters all reached base, Castro clears bases with a triple I knew at some point baseball gods would rain down lightening and wake this team up.

  3. TWC

    Why the hell is Colvin pinch hitting for Garza? It’s only the 5th inning (85 pitches), and Colvin of late ain’t that much better a hitter than Garza.

    1. greg

      Because of the rain delay

      1. TWC

        That’s what I get for turning it on late.