Fantasy Baseball: The closer carousel

The closer carousel is wild. Already, this early in the season, many closers have lost their jobs or faced injuries. In fantasy baseball, saves are typically hard to come by. In many leagues, every closer is owned. In this article, I’m going to highlight some of the more intriguing closer situations looming throughout baseball, and name a few players that should see some save opportunities...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates give up early lead but outlast Cubs, 7-6

Russell Martin’s eighth inning sacrifice fly scored Starling Marte to lift the Pirates to a 7-6 win Tuesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cubs relievers Pedro Strop and James Russell loaded the bases with three walks in the eighth, setting the scene for Martin. It was almost the Emilio Bonifacio show, as the Cubs leadoff hitter wreaked more havoc against the Pirates...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Worry About Moore, Not Fielder

In Episode 29, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) are back to recap all fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: Why Matt Moore‘s sore elbow isn’t the only reason you need to be worried about him Why you don’t need to rush out and pick up Pedro...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Weekly Recap – Week 1

Chicago Cubs Baseball - Welcome to Sports Mockery’s Chicago Cubs weekly recap. We will hold each other’s hand and get through this painful season together, reminding each other that the good times and winning ways are right around the corner! Opening Day The Cubs played the Pirates on opening day, and Jeff Samardzija lost again, despite pitching really well. Samardzija has zero...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Let's Get It On- Cub Series Preview (Lil' Late)

Philadelphia Phillies (2-2) @ Chicago Cubs (1-3)Pitching Match-Ups:Friday, 2:20 Phillies won, 7-2Saturday, 2:20 Cliff Lee vs. Jeff suh-MAR-jahSunday, 2:20 AJ Burnett vs. Carlos VillanuevaThe Curse of the Goat's Bats:Emilio Bonerface (.579/1.303) is off to a hot start, but honestly this team is void of any real offensive threat.The Curse of the Goat's Arms:They have some decent...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Baseball…Barely A Step Above Triple-A!

  That’s Cubs catcher John Baker and pitcher Pedro Strop colliding during Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh. Baker has been around the league on…
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher and catcher collide on popup, still make out (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop and catcher John Baker collided while fielding a popup on a bunt attempt during Thursday's game in Pittsburgh, but fortunately still managed to make the out.It happened in the top of the ninth as Pirates batter Gaby Sanchez bunted the 0-1 pitch straight up in the air in front of home plate. In an apparent...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs make routine pop-up look like anything but routine

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop clotheslined his own catcher, John Baker, during the ninth inning of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two collided violently after they both pursued Gaby Sanchez’s harmless bunt that he popped up just a few feet in front of home plate. While it is usually the pitcher who takes the brunt of the impact in these types of situations...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Cubs: PECOTA Pitchers

Baseball Prospectus has come out with their annual PECOTA projections and today we'll take a look at the Cubs pitchers. For what it's worth, the depth chart over there has them projected for 5th in the NL Central with 71 wins. Only one team is projected to be worse in the National League (69 wins): the Miami Marlins. I'm fairly sure that 71 wins is pretty close to any...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer Report

To answer your first question, no, I am not dead.  Secondly, sorry to disappoint you.  As we count down the days to draft and when pitchers/catchers report, it's a virtual 'pins and needles' fest for some of the closer battles that could be looming.  Some of these battles are going to be very interesting, 'cause battles are awesome and make fools of everyone.  Let...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs sign four, Jan. 16-18 WL recap

OF Nate Schierholtz, IF Luis Valbuena, LHP James Russell, and RHP Pedro Strop avoid arbitration and signed one-year deals with the Cubs, who also exchanged salary figures with four others.
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Non-tender deadline is today

The Cubs have 11 arbitration eligible players and today they have to decide which ones to tender a contract to. Those 11, and their projected salaries (Matt Swartz) are below. The service time for each player is in parentheses. Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM Daniel Bard (3.079): $1.8625MM...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs face question at second as tender deadline nears

Do the Cubs keep a solid defender like Darwin Barney at second base or look for another option? That's one of the decisions the Cubs face Monday in advance of the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for Major League teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. The Cubs have eight other players on that list: infielders Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy, outfielder Nate Schierholtz...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Cubs need Brian Wilson

It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs are looking for a new closer after Kevin Gregg faltered at the end of the season. There has been a lot of talk of filling the position with ‘in house’ options with guys like Pedro Strop or Blake Parker, but neither of those guys have a lot of closing experience at the major league level. Brian Wilson, as I stated last year, would be a great...
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Strop the Presses

  In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio hinted that the closer job was currently up for grabs between Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon. Lets take a look at the first half of that duo and see Pedro Strop’s case for the 9th inning role. Strop had a very inconsistent season in 2013. Although his strikeout rate was a whopping 10.35 K/9, his walk...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs calmly come back for 3-1 victory over Braves

The Cubs caught a glimpse of Pedro Strop in the closer role Saturday as he struck out the side in the ninth inning to preserve a 3-1 victory over the Braves at Wrigley Field. A day after veteran closer Kevin Gregg complained about his initial perception of Cubs management's lack of respect for him Strop complimented Gregg for helping him develop. "We have been teammates...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Pedro Strop to be Cubs' closer for rest of season

Kevin Gregg has saved the Cubs this season stepping in to notch his third career 30-save season. But the Cubs have decided to look ahead and will use right-hander Pedro Strop in save situations in the final games. Strop acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade was 0-for-3 in save opportunities this season and has 15 holds. “I’ll try to get him an opportunity” manager...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Flyers – Week of 9/9

Here we are at the last stretch. If you’re not battling for first, you’ve probably downgraded to checking your team less than daily, especially with fantasy football officially underway. So here’s a quick and easy hitter, starting pitcher, and reliever for you to go browse for in the free agency pool. Move quickly! Fantasy Baseball Flyers Emilio Bonifacio (2B-KC) He was quietly...
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September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Who got the better end of the Scott Feldman Orioles/ Cubs trade?

The Chicago Cubs have done a lot of trading since Theo Epstein has taken over as team President and Jed Hoyer became General Manager. This year in particular, the Cubs have traded Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano, Scott Hairston and David DeJesus. Last year, the Cubs moved Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster and Reed Johnson. Perhaps the best trade made so far by the Cubs involved RHP Scott Feldman...
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers bats wake up for last call in win over Cubs

It took the Milwaukee Brewers' bats a while to warm up on a cool Monday night at Wrigley Field. Eight innings in fact. But warm up they eventually did getting to Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop for a walk and three hits and Blake Parker for a double in the decisive ninth as the Brewers pulled out a hard-fought 5-0 victory to open a four-game series with their National League...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball: The Week 18 Closer Report

It’s just a few days until the non-waiver trading deadline in the major leagues. We may see some upheaval in the Chicago bullpen. And there have been rumors that the Rangers are willing to move Joe Nathan in a deal for a hitter. I’ve kept the table for all 30 teams at the end of this piece. You can see any changes from the prior week in red. I’ll try to detail most of the reasons...
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July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT Cubs Minor League Recap 7-27-13

Chicago Cubs 1 @ San Francisco Giants 0 The Cubs are playing well enough lately that they're suddenly in danger of losing out on a protected top 10 draft pick next year. They've got three days to trade away talent though, and I'd be shocked if the team finished the year in that mediocre 10-20 range Theo mentioned wanting to avoid at the beginning of the season. RizzoWatch...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Better Know a Cub: Pedro Strop

Pedro Strop was part of the trade that sent Scott Feldman over to the Orioles. While the "big prize" in that trade was considered to be Jake Arrieta, there's a great chance that Strop is going to provide more value going forward. He had a rought beginning to 2013 before he was traded to the Cubs. What's Strop likely to be?  Pedigree Strop was signed by the Colorado...
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Strop and Guerrier are dealing for the Cubs

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...
July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

The acquisition of Scott Feldman will help the Orioles

This week, the Baltimore Orioles got an early start on the trade deadline period and did not wait until late July to make a deal. Despite their 48-37 record as of this morning, the Orioles – as most know – like most teams have a need for starting pitching. They rank 29th in the majors with a 4.41 ERA and obviously if the Orioles want to make a run for the postseason, the...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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