ESPN Chicago's 2013 Cubs forecast

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SP Jeff Samardzija

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ESPN's projections: 12 wins, 3.74 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

Calling him a man on a mission might be an understatement. He's the pitching version of Castro. There is nothing stopping him from a big season unless feeling the pressure of being the No. 1 guy right now gets to him. He doesn't have that kind of demeanor, though, so Samardzija should get to 14-15 wins with a little run support.