Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop. (Photo Credit: David Banks/Getty Images)
Back on July 2nd, the Chicago Cubs made a couple of trades in hopes of helping their horrid bullpen. That day they acquired Pedro Strop from the Baltimore Orioles, and Matt Guerrier from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since the two pitchers joined the Cubs bullpen, they have both performed very well.
Both pitchers have made fairly frequent appearances since joining the team, each making six appearances going into tonight’s prime time match against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Guerrier has a record of 1-1 in his six appearances. His one loss came on their July 4th match up against Oakland, when the Cubs lost 1-0 on a passed ball. Other than that game, he has given up just one earned run and has an ERA of 1.35. In 34 outings with the Dodgers this year, he had a 2-3 record with a 4.80 ERA.
So far, it seems like all Guerrier needed was a simple change of scenery. But as it turns out, he wasn’t the only player to play better after changing teams.
Pedro Strop had a good year with Baltimore last year, but he struggled to find a steady rhythm early on this season. In 29 games with the Orioles, he posted an 0-3 record with a dreary 7.25 ERA. In his six appearances with the Cubs he hasn’t factored in any decisions, though he has finished off three games. Strop also has an ERA of 0.00 since joining the Cubs. How’s that for a turn around in player performance? Going from an ERA over 7.00 to not allowing anybody to cross the plate.
Compared to how they started off this season, both Guerrier and Strop have turned their performances around for the better. Their improved play has helped solidify a bullpen that struggled mightily at the beginning of the year. Hopefully both players can keep up their solid performances, and continue to help the Cubs keep up their current success.