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Cubs rated No. 1 pitching staff, White Sox No. 6 by USA Today

This is one year where fans on both sides of Chicago can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training in less than a month.

And with good reason.

Led by Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, the Cubs’ pitching has been rated the best overall staff in MLB by USA Today. The White Sox are close behind at No. 6.

Baseball writer Ted Berg used mostly stats and some subjectivity in ranking the 30 MLB staffs.

Here’s what Berg says about the Cubs:

The Mets, Nats and Indians can all probably match the excellent top three of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey, but the Cubs’ depth sets them apart. Only the Cardinals have Nos. 4 and 5 starters that stack up to Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks, but St. Louis can’t match the Cubs in the front end of the rotation.

Of the White Sox, Berg writes:

Chris Sale might be the world’s most dominant pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw, Jose Quintana is criminally underrated, and Carlos Rodon looks like a potential stud.

The Cubs are followed by the Mets, Nationals, Indians and Cardinals. For the full story, GO HERE.