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Chicago Cubs: Why the team needs to part ways with Hector Rondon

For the past two years, watching Hector Rondon pitch is like staring at the sun – it hurts your eyes. According to Baseball Reference, the Cubs former closer currently has a 4.74 ERA, a WHIP of 1.216, and gives up 3.3 walks per 9.  Those numbers aren’t pretty. Don’t forget; this guy was a great closer […] Chicago Cubs: Why the team needs to part ways with Hector Rondon...
Via Cubbies Crib
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Anthony Rizzo gave a naked speech before Game 7 of World Series to fire up Cubs

The Cubs became only the sixth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series, and a passionate pregame speech from first baseman Anthony Rizzo may have been a big reason why.Rizzo, one of the clubhouse leaders, did his best to fire up the team before Game 7 of the World Series, and didn’t even need any clothes to do so. We’ve now learned that Rizzo used his bare skin...
Via The Sports Daily
March 15, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 is make or break for Hector Rondon

While the magic that was the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series run is still a vivid memory in the minds of fans, one thing that isn’t looked back on as fondly is the strain put on the Cubs relievers down the stretch. The same strain that nearly cost the Cubs a victory in Game Seven against […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
February 16, 2017  |  Discuss

Hector Rondon Is Breaking FIP

It requires but a single digit to understand how good Wade Davis has been over the last couple years. Scan the ERA column for this year or last, and the first thing with which you’re greeted is the number zero. You can stop right there. After the zero, the other digits don’t matter. For all intents and purposes, an ERA of 0.34 is the same thing as an ERA of 0.76 is the same thing...
Via Fangraphs
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Cubs joke about intentionally stealing saves from Rondon

The Chicago Cubs have by far the best record in baseball at 24-6. With 24 wins in just 30 games, one might assume their closer would be at or near the top of the league in saves. Such is not the case for Cubs reliever Hector Rondon, and his teammates are loving every second of it. Rondon is tied for 12th in the National League with just six saves on the season. Veteran catcher David...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Hector Rondon is an elite closer

The Chicago Cubs are one of the most talented teams in the MLB. The abundance of youth and veteran leadership has made them a difficult team to play against. As a result, the Cubs are clearly one of the favorites to win the 2016 World Series. Ultimately on a team like this, many players will be overlooked; there’s only so much hype to go around. One of the most, if not the most...
January 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Rondon a Regrettable But Understandable Rule 5 Loss for the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians have found themselves relatively unharmed and unaided by the Rule 5 draft process that has operated in some form for nearly the entirety of the organization’s existence. One of the few notable names to go on to success after being selected is right-handed reliever Hector Rondon, who spent the majority of the 2015 season working as the closer for the Chicago...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon Takes Bat To Water Fountain In The Dugout

Things are not going well for the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. They have had a bit of trouble scoring runs during the series, and Tuesday night in Game Three was no different. Whether that is the reason why relief pitcher Hector Rondon took a bat to the water fountain in the dugout or if there was another reason is not known at this time.Poor water fountain. What did it do to deserve...
Via FatManWriting
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Bullpen emerging as a strength for the 2015 campaign

It is said that pitching wins championships in October. More specifically, quality and depth in the bullpen has proven to be the tipping point between playoff teams and championship teams. Last year, the Giants had the sixth-ranked bullpen for the regular season and the best bullpen in the playoffs, with a 2.11 ERA in 64 innings en route to their third title in five seasons. Similarly...
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Hector Rondon proving he is more than capable

In 2009, Hector Rondon was named the minor league pitcher of the year in the Cleveland Indians organization. He was poised to have an even better year heading into 2010, but then his career took a turn for the worst. After Rondon made seven starts to begin the 2010 season, he was sidelined with soreness in his elbow, and was then advised to have Tommy John surgery after the injury...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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