2023 Player Outlook
One could argue that 2022 was a career year for Taillon, as he went 14-5 and posted a 3.91 ERA across 177.1 innings, the most he’s thrown in a season since logging 191 in 2018. Home runs are still a bit of an issue for Taillon, but at Yankee Stadium last season, his 0.99 HR/9 was far better than his 1.66 HR/9 mark on the road interestingly enough. Pitching was a hot commodity in the offseason, but Taillon’s contract was not an overpay by the Cubs. He isn’t going to overpower hitters, but he switched up his pitch mix a bit in 2022 and I’ll be interested to see if he works on refining his sinker and cutter during spring training. Fantasy-wise, he’s a bit underwhelming due to a below-average strikeout rate, but he’s logged 29 or more starts in two straight seasons and should be able to provide 170+ innings for fantasy managers with an ERA right around 4.00.