With Prior, Cubs in good hands

If he remains healthy, the return of Mark Prior should provide the spark the Cubs need to win the NL Central.

Originally Published: June 4, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Finally. Everybody's favorite Cy Young candidate three months ago is finally going to pitch in a game that matters. I don't know about you, but baseball just wasn't as interesting without Mark Prior.

He's great for us, of course. But how great is he for the Cubs?

Barring a lengthy stint on the disabled list, Prior should start roughly 20 games for the Cubs this season. In 2003, he started 30 games and was roughly five games better than the average National League starting pitcher. We'll ...

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