Chicago Cubs’ rookie, Kyle Hendricks has been fantastic this season and picked up his sixth win of the season yesterday thanks, in large part, to the Cubs’ bullpen. Hendricks allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings before being relieved by Justin Grimm, who was able to work his way out of a bases loaded Jam with no damage. Grimm, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined to allow one hit and strike out four in the remaining 4.1 innings.
We’ve said it before that the Chicago Cubs have one of the most underrated bullpens in baseball and that statement is still true, but it’s truer now more than ever. Here’s what the Cubs’ ‘pen has done in each of their last ten appearances:
(stats per Cubs.com)
The superb performance by the Cubs’ bullpen is a big reason for the team’s recent success and has helped the team to a 9-4 record in their last 13 games. Over that span, the Cubs’ pitching staff has surrendered an average of 3.69 runs per game, a significant improvement over their season average of 4.16 runs per game.
The most exciting part about this Cubs’ bullpen is that it is not a star-studded group of guys. It’s not even a particularly experienced group of guys. The average age of the relievers listed above is just 27 years old and only Pedro Strop and Wesley Wright have more than two years of major league service. The Cubs’ will have the ability to keep their bullpen intact heading into next season and chances are that they will opt to do so because of the group’s success in 2014. Most people still believe that the Cubs’ rotation still needs serious work but their bullpen looks like it could be rock solid for years to come.
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