It was announced by manager Dale Sveum that the team will use Pedro Strop as their closer for the remainder of the year.
Strop was acquired (with Jake Arrieta) from the Baltimore Orioles trade in July that sent starting pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the O’s in exchange for both pitchers.
So far in the month of September, Strop has pitched six innings of work, allowed six hits, four runs which were all earned and has struck out eight batters with a 5.68 ERA on the month. He’s currently 2-5 on the season with a 4.75 ERA and 59 strike outs.
“It’s going to be an opportunity for Strop. We want to see what he does in that role. Kevin [Gregg] has ben one of the better closers in all of baseball. God knows where we’d be without him.” Dale Sveum said in an interview.
With the decision to roll with Strop for the remainder of the year will put former closer Kevin Gregg in the set up man role. I mean, the Cubs don’t have anything to lose so this could be a little test to see if they should keep Gregg or not if Strop does somewhat decent in the last 10 or so games left on the schedule.