After inking Marcus Stroman to a three-year contract before the lockout, the Chicago Cubs were counting on the 30-year-old to play at a high level. He looked the part in his team debut against the Milwaukee Brewers, tossing 5.0 innings, yielding just two hits and one earned run while striking out three batters.
However, his last two starts have left a lot to be desired. Stroman lasted just 4.0 innings in Colorado, allowing five earned runs on six hits, including four extra-base hits. Against the Rays five days later, he left with one out in the fifth inning after allowing seven earned runs on eight hits.