Rondon provides much needed relief for Cubs’ pen
Cubs fans most certainly have taken notice to the club’s new closer Aroldis Chapman, but it is what the Cubs have been missing this August that might be the most noticeable.
Former closer and current setup man Hector Rondon has been battling tricep issues dating back to his last appearance on Aug. 2, but he appears to be ready to go for the Cubs bullpen in tonight’s game against the Cardinals.
Rondon’s absence has been amplified by the recent injury to Pedro Strop and the revolving door of try-out arms like Joe Nathan and Joel Peralta.
In the month of August, the Cubs bullpen sports a whopping 4.30 ERA with an opponent batting average of .256 and one blown save.
With the recent bullpen struggles, the Cubs must be looking forward to Rodon’s dazzling 1.70 ERA and 10.84 strikeouts per nine innings.
Despite John Lackey’s ability to eat up innings, if Maddon must turn to the bullpen against the Cardinals, expect to see number 56 take the mound at Wrigley.