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Maddon believes Rondon can be the man even without the label

The Chicago Cubs are lacking the one ingredient every championship team needs -- a true closer. Hector Rondon is technically that guy, but manager Joe Maddon has employed a closer-by-committee philosophy that's worked well enough to get the Cubs to 67-49 and bearing down on a playoff spot. But when games that matter get down to one-run save situations, it's far more comforting to...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' closer carousel has no end in sight, and that's a big problem

It's hard to be a legitimate playoff contender without a legitimate closer.The troubles in the Chicago Cubs' bullpen are many, and the carousel could turn once again as manager Joe Maddon is basically out of answers, unless Chicago pulls off a trade for back-end reliever before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.Hector Rondon leads the Cubs with 12 saves. He's blown three opportunities...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Bullpen Heats up After Slow Start

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 30: Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the seventh inning against the New York Mets on June 30, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing Neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images) The Chicago Cubs bullpen had a difficult start to the season. The unit blew games during April and the closer position was not...
Via The Sports Journal
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Maddon still undecided on closer

Hector Rondon was lifted after facing just one batter on Saturday. On Sunday, Jason Motte came in to save the game. So who is the Cubs' closer? Well it may just be a bit random for the forseeable future. "I'll jus wait till that day," Maddon told the Chicago Sun-Times when asked who will get the next save opportunity. Maddon oftentimes used the closer-by-committee method...
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June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Rondon: 'I need to do (my job)'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a quick hook Saturday night as closer Hector Rondon was pulled after just one batter. “It was about winning the game today,” Maddon told reporters after the game. “I am not ordaining anybody new. It was a moment for today.” While Maddon may not be "ordaining anybody new" he didn't exactly give Rondon a big vote of confidence either. ...
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June 07, 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

Cubs Injury Update: Hector Rondon dealing with elbow soreness

The Chicago Cubs lost to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday by the score of 7-4. The loss dropped the Cubs to 27-39 on the season, last place in the National League Central. The Cubs have struggled offensively, but have the 11th best ERA in the Major Leagues. But there is some concern in the bullpen, as closer Hector Rondon has been out with right elbow soreness, which is why...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Some will argue this is why you have to draft Craig Kimbrel or Glen Perkins, but this is exactly why we don't value closers in the draft. The Chicago Cubs have removed Jose Veras from the closer role after blowing 2 saves. Candidates to save games in his place include Hector Rondon, Justin Grimm and Pedro Strop. Rondon pitched a perfect 11th inning for his first career save...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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