Pedro Strop RP CHC 2 hours ago

Strop pitched a clean ninth inning with a strikeout Saturday in Arizona for his first save of the year.

Hector Rondon blew the save on Friday, so this time, Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried Strop in the ninth, and it worked out beautifully. Don't take this to mean that Strop is encroaching on Rondon's territory, but it's clear that he's the No. 2 option at closer. With just a 0.87 WHIP so far in 20.2 innings, there's a strong argument to be made that Strop has been Chicago's best reliever this year.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 1 week ago

Strop walked one and gave up a three-run homer to Andrew McCutchen in an inning against the Pirates on Friday.

Only two of the runs were charged to Strop. It's been a tale of two months for Strop so far this year. After being nearly unhittable in April (he gave up just two hits and two walks in 9.1 innings), the first two weeks have been a disaster: 7.2 innings, eight hits, eight runs, and five walks. McCutchen's home run was the first homer given up by Strop this year. He's already made 19 appearances in the Cubs' first 35 games and looks like he could use a break.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 3 weeks ago

Strop pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn his third hold of the year Friday.

Strop has been outstanding this year. In 10.1 innings he has a 13:2 K:BB ratio, a miniscule 0.39 WHIP and a 0.00 ERA.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 1 month ago

Strop wasn't available for Friday's game against the Reds with a sore foot but he'll be available for Saturday's contest, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Strop doesn't seem to be in any long-term danger as his sore foot apparently only needed one day of rest. The 29-year-old has made nine appearances on the season, compiling an impressive ERA of 0.00 over 7.3 innings of work.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 1 month ago

Strop pitched a scoreless inning Saturday, his third in a row to start the season.

Saturday's appearance wasn't a save opportunity for Rondon, but so far he has given up just one hit and one walk in three appearances this year. Though Pedro Strop is also pitching well, Rondon is firmly entrenched as the closer in Chicago.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 2 months ago

Strop pitched a scoreless inning Friday and has not even given up a hit in his last three appearances. He has a 13:2 K:BB ratio in seven innings this spring.

The only blemish on Strop's spring came on March 14, when he gave up a solo home run. Other than that game, he has given up just one hit in six innings. He has also struck out exactly two in each of his last six games. With Jason Motte struggling this spring and Strop pitching so well, he's likely moved past Motte in bullpen pecking order. If you're speculating for Cubs saves beyond Hector Rondon, Strop looks to be the best choice right now.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 2 months ago

Strop struck out two in a scoreless inning against the Mariners on Saturday.

Strop has a 9:1 K:BB ratio in five innings this spring and has given up just one run and three hits. Though Jason Motte is likely the first to get a shot at closing if Hector Rondon isn't available, Strop is as good a candidate for the role as any.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 4 months ago

Strop agreed to a one-year, $2.525 million contract with the Cubs on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Strop has been outstanding in his two years with Chicago, posting a 2.44 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 10.6 K/9 in 102 appearances (96 innings). He held opposing right-handers to a .169/.255/.223 batting line last season and will command a significant raise in his first year of arbitration, though he won't make for a very likely candidate for saves so long as Hector Rondon and Jason Motte are healthy.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 6 months ago

Strop required stitches in his left elbow following a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday night, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Strop underwent X-rays but they came back negative, and the resulting injuries were relatively minor and shouldn't cause him to miss any time in 2015. He was a big part of the Cubs' bullpen in 2014, serving largely as the setup man for Hector Rondon. The 29-year-old posted a 2.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 71 strikeouts in 61 innings last season, and should serve in a similar role in 2015.

Pedro Strop RP CHC 9 months ago

Strop earned his 12th hold of the season by working out of a jam in the eighth inning against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Some expected Strop to close this year for the Cubs, but he's thrived as a setup man, striking out 49 in 44.2 innings and pulling down a 2.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.