Pedro Strop
RP CHC
3 days ago

Strop pitched a scoreless inning Friday to earn his 17th hold of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Strop walked one, but he still has a strong 47:12 K:BB over 36.2 innings this season. He has not given up a hit over his last five appearances.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
4 weeks ago

Strop may be in position to earn a save Wednesday against the Reds.

EDGE Analysis

With Hector Rondon unavailable for Wednesday's game, per Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com, Strop seems to be the most likely option to fill in if the Cubs are in need of a closer. Strop has been dominant this season, posting a career best strikeout rate of 35.6 percent and holding opponents to a .170 batting average.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
1 month ago

Strop pitched a perfect eighth inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday, striking out two batters in what ended up being a 4-3 loss.

EDGE Analysis

Strop has been racking up the strikeouts the past few weeks, striking out at least one batter in each of his past nine appearances. Despite the loss Tuesday, Strop and the Cubs have had plenty of late-inning leads to defend. They hold the best record in baseball at 47-22 while outscoring their opponents 369-200.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
2 months ago

Strop struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Monday against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Jason Hammel was knocked out of the game early with an injury, but Strop was part of an outstanding relief effort. In his last seven appearances, covering 6.1 innings, Strop has given up three hits and zero runs and has a 9:2 K:BB.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
3 months ago

Strop struck out the side in his one inning and earned his seventh hold of the season Saturday against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

Closer Hector Rondon has pitched the last four days, so he'll probably be unavailable Sunday, so it's possible Strop could get a save chance. He deserves it, as he has a 19:4 K:BB and has given up just five hits in 13.1 innings this year.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
3 months ago

Strop earned his fourth hold of the season despite a shaky appearance against the Brewers on Tuesday. He walked two and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Overall, Strop has been excellent during the season's first month, as he has a 10:3 K:BB in eight innings and opponents are batting just .115 off him. He remains one of the better setup men in the National League, Tuesday night notwithstanding.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
4 months ago

Strop struck out three in 1.1 innings against Arizona on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Strop's hot spring has continued into the regular season, as he has not given up a hit or walk in 2016. It's 2.1 innings in the regular season, but in total, it's eight innings and nine strikeouts of perfection.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
4 months ago

Strop pitched for the second day in a row Saturday, getting the Giants in order in the seventh inning.

EDGE Analysis

Strop has only made four appearances this month, but no one has reached base against him yet. Saturday also marked the first time he's pitched in back-to-back games this spring. He appears to be ready for the regular season as the top setup man in the Cubs' pen.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
4 months ago

Strop made his first appearance of the spring Sunday and pitched a perfect eighth inning. He struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, closer Hector Rondon struggled for the second appearance in a row, blowing the three-run lead Strop handed him. Rondon still has a strong hold on the job, but if his struggled carry over into the regular season, Strop appears to be the first choice to take over in the ninth inning.

Pedro Strop
RP CHC
6 months ago

Strop and the Cubs agreed to terms on a $4.4 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strop enjoyed a productive 2015 campaign, posting a 2.91 ERA across a career-high 76 appearances out of the bullpen. While he occasionally finished games, Strop was used primarily as a late-inning reliever. He'll find himself in that role again in 2016, and he's viewed as the top option to close in the event of an injury/demotion to Hector Rondon.