Jason Motte RP CHC 3 days ago

Motte earned the save Tuesday, setting the Mets down in order in the ninth inning.

Manager Joe Maddon shook up his bullpen a bit, using Hector Rondon in the seventh inning, Pedro Strop in the eighth and Motte in the ninth. The save was Motte's third of the season and his second in the month of June.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 weeks ago

Motte picked up his second save Monday against the Dodgers, but gave up two hits and a run on Joc Pederson's solo home run.

Motte had escaped two straight innings in which he had given up two hits and couldn't keep the dam from bursting Monday, but luckily he had a three-run lead to work with and still recorded the save. Motte has just 17 strikeouts in 26.1 innings this year, well below the norm for the closer position, and he might give up too much contact to expect him to stay successful in the role.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 weeks ago

Motte tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday, giving up one hit, to pick up his fourth win of the season.

He's been solid for the Cubs this season with a 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, but his 17:9 K:BB ratio in 25.1 innings is a far cry from the dominant numbers he put up as the Cardinals' closer in 2012. Motte might yet have a chance to close in Chicago, but don't expect him to run away with the job if he gets a look.

Jason Motte RP CHC 4 weeks ago

Motte struck out one during a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season Sunday against the Nationals.

With Hector Rondon pitching in the eighth inning and Pedro Strop unavailable, Motte stepped in and finished the game for the Cubs. Rondon has informally been removed from the closer's role for the time being, so Motte and Strop could both be in line for more save opportunities, although the latter is believed to be the front-runner.

Jason Motte RP CHC 1 month ago

Motte struck out the only batter he faced in a win over the Nationals on Thursday, earning his fifth hold in the process.

Motte may be coming around after a rough start to the season. He's given up just one hit and one walk in his last eight appearances - all scoreless - and he has four strikeouts in 5.2 innings in that span.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 months ago

Motte gave up two hits - including a home run - without retiring a batter Friday.

In his last four appearances, covering just two innings, Motte has given up seven hits, four runs, and has walked three. After missing all of 2013 due to Tommy John surgery, it's clear that Motte is no longer the pitcher he once was.

Jason Motte RP CHC 2 months ago

Motte struck out two in a scoreless inning Thursday.

Motte's last two appearances were disasters, so he really needed the clean inning. For the year he's already made eight appearances and has a nice 5:1 K:BB ratio, but he's given up five runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Jason Motte RP CHC 3 months ago

Manager Joe Maddon has not lost confidence in Motte despite the pitcher's struggles this spring, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. "I'm not worried about him," Maddon said. "I think the velocity is real good, the shape of his pitchers are a little different and I think it'll get better."

Motte has given up seven runs and three walks in his last two appearances. For the spring, his ERA sits at 14.21 and he's walked five in 6.1 innings. He saved 53 games with the Cardinals, including 42 in 2012, but If his struggles continue into the regular season, he may not sniff the eighth inning, let alone the ninth.

Jason Motte RP CHC 3 months ago

Motte gave up four runs Thursday, with the big blow coming on a three-run homer by Albert Pujols.

There's no shame in giving up a home run to Albert Pujols, but it's been a shaky spring for Motte, who is expected to play a big role in the bullpen. In six innings, he's given up 10 hits, seven runs, and three walks, and the former fireballer has struck out just four. While Motte is probably first in line for saves if Hector Rondon falters, Pedro Strop might be a better bet right now.

Jason Motte RP CHC 3 months ago

Motte pitched a scoreless inning against the White Sox on Friday.

Motte has made five appearances this spring, three of them scoreless. He'll likely be the top set-up man for Hector Rondon, and given his experience, he'd be the first to get the call to close if Rondon loses the job.