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Shutting the Door: Rondon is Back

August 13th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs were delighted when Hector Rondon succeeded in the closer’s role this past May, thus ending the team’s search for a quality closer that seemed to last an eternity. But a rough month of June, in which Rondon posted a 9.35 ERA, and a stint on the disabled list tempered some of the enthusiasm around the 26-year-old Venezuelan. But after picking up the save last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, Rondon is officially back!

Rondon is now 15/19 in save opportunities and sports a 3.38 ERA, as well as a 3-4 record, on the 2014 campaign, and he has been particularly stingy as of late. Since the all-star break, Rondon has a 1.64 ERA, is 4/5 in save opportunities and has held opponents to a .233 average against. Rondon has also proven to be particular lethal in two strike counts over the course of the season:

Count:

0-2

1-2

2-2

3-2

At bats:

18

40

22

22

.ave:

.056

.250

.182

.182

(stats per ESPN.com)

Rondon has put up solid strikeout numbers this year, racking up 49 K’s in his 45.1 innings of work.

With Rondon back at a high level and Neil Ramirez back from the disabled list, the Cubs look to regain the bullpen dominance that they had early in 2014. The re-emergence of Pedro Strop (1.38 ERA since the all-star break) and the addition of Jacob Turner, a talented young arm, could bolster the success of the ‘pen down the stretch as well.

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