PEDRO STROP NEWS

Okay, Ted Barrett’s Zone Was Crazy Pants

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been pointing out that the strike zone graphic used by TBS is not representative of the actual strike zone used in MLB, and is giving fans the wrong impression of the quality of the home plate umpiring in the playoffs. After nearly every NL game, we’ve seen a cascade of calls roasting that night’s umpire for making a bunch of bad calls, but in...
Via Fangraphs
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NLDS Game 2 Recap: Showed Up

In Game One, the Cubs were pulled back into reality a bit after experiencing the highs that come with winning a win-or-die game against Gerrit Cole. John Lackey completely shut the Cubs offense down, Jon Lester performed valiantl, but the Cardinals got their timely hits in, and Pedro Strop had another meltdown against a team […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs playoff roster announced

The Cubs announced their playoff roster, but will wait until later to announce today's starting lineup. From cubs.com: PITCHERS (10)Jake ArrietaTrevor CahillJustin GrimmKyle HendricksJon LesterClayton RichardFernando RodneyHector RondonPedro StropTravis Wood CATCHERS (3)Miguel MonteroDavid RossKyle Schwarber INFIELDERS (6)Javier BaezKris BryantStarlin CastroTommy La StellaAnthony...
Via Obstructed View
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Maddon makes good on promise, turns this guy's locker into a beach

  Cubs manager Joe Maddon made good on his promise to give Pedro Strop a "day at the beach" on Sunday after the reliever bailed Chicago out of a ninth-inning jam Saturday to preserve a 5-4 win. Before Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Strop's locker was set up with a beach chair, an ice bucket full of beer bottles, a margarita and other beach paraphernalia. Maddon promised Strop...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Maddon makes good on 'day at the beach' promise

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon made good on his promise to give Pedro Strop a ''day at the beach'' on Sunday after the reliever bailed Chicago out of a ninth-inning jam Saturday to preserve a 5-4 win. Before Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Strop's locker was set up with a beach chair, an ice bucket full of beer bottles, a margarita and other beach paraphernalia. Maddon...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Stats and Being a Fan

The boom in baseball sabermetrics has been great for baseball fans who aspire to get as close to the game as possible. We long to be in the dugout to witness the amazing feats that only the best baseball players in the world can pull off. We’d love to be high stepping next to Pedro Strop after Kris Bryant hits a game-winning home run. To be there when Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta...
Via BP Wrigleyville
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Erasmo Ramirez and Identifying Ideal Strike-Stealing Pitches

Talking to Erasmo Ramirez is refreshing. He always has a smile on his face. Life is fun for him — especially now. He’s having the best season of his career in Tampa Bay. It turns out that changing the use of his slider has been a big part of that success. And certain aspects of his slider may provide a roadmap for other pitchers that should make the same move. His best pitch...
Via Fangraphs
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 138 Recap: Cardinals 4 Cubs 3

Top Play (WPA): The top WPA play of this deflating loss was Stephen Piscotty’s two-run double in the eighth (+.508). It put the Cardinals up 4-3, and turned what looked like a possible series sweep into a very disappointing afternoon. Piscotty’s double came off of Fernando Rodney, but it (again) was actually a rough outing by Pedro Strop that gave the Cardinals life. Strop...
Via BP Wrigleyville
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

That’s So Cub: A Look at the Top August Contributors and Moments

It’s the beginning of September, which not only means that kids head back to school and beer gardens become a lot less fun, but also that I, as I have since the beginning of time the beginning of the season, will sit down and write about the top Cubs’ contributors and moments from the previous month. If you want a brief technical summary of what this means, please feel free...
Via BP Wrigleyville
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 117 Recap: Tigers 10 Cubs 8

Top Play (WPA): As much as I love Cubs baseball, this game was a chore. The Cubs were trailing almost immediately in this game, as Jason Hammel started and yet again didn’t have quality location on his pitches. The Tigers blasted three home runs off Hammel, as well as one double by Miguel Cabrera that was initially ruled a homer. Check out the crafty Tigers fan who snagged Miggy’s...
Via BP Wrigleyville
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Strop can celebrate all he wants

The Chicago Cubs defeated their crosstown rivals Friday afternoon, and it seemed one of the items of conversation involved this celebration by Pedro Strop: I think former Cubs legend John Baker said it best in his blog, but usually complaints about Pedro Strop (when not directed by misinformation about his “ineptitude” as a high-leverage reliever) involve his tilted cap or...
Via World Series Dreaming
August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop trade

Prior to the trade deadline two years ago, the Cubs dealt Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta, which has proved to be a great Theo Epstein move. Understatement? Maybe. The Cubs drafted Scott Clevenger in the 2006 MLB Draft. Leading up to the deal, Clevenger was a steady presence in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system. The main part of...
Via isportsweb.com
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting the worst trade of the Dan Duquette era in Baltimore

On July 2, 2013, the Baltimore Orioles traded starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. If you are a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, that sentence may conjure up several feelings. As I typed it, I took a few seconds to put my head down, curl up into a ball, and gently rock myself as I attempt to come to grips with...
Via Baseball Essential
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Fall to St. Louis Cardinals on Late Homerun

CHICAGO, IL – JULY 08: (L-R) Home plate umpire Pat Hoberg #31 Mike Matheny #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals and Yadier Molina #4 argue during the sixth inning on July 8, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) All the Chicago Cubs needed was one more strike and they would take there of four games from their division rivals and leaders, the...
Via The Sports Journal
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cub Fans, Listen to the Wisdom of Bob Marley

Over the past 12 hours I have seen far more panic and angst on FaceBook and Twitter than is necessary. Yea, the Chicago Cubs lost a game against the St. Louis Cardinals late. Down to their final strike, everyone assumed the game was over and the Cubs won the game, and the series. But then, baseball happened. On a two strike pitch, Jhonny Peralta hit a go ahead (and game winning...
Via World Series Dreaming
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Down to last strike, Cardinals shock Cubs 6-5 on Peralta dinger

CHICAGO -- Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals jolted the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Wednesday. The Cardinals trailed 5-4 and Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (1-4) quickly retired the first two batters in the ninth. Matt Carpenter followed with a four-pitch walk and Peralta connected on a 1-2 pitch, hitting a drive that barely cleared...
Via AP on Fox
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Peralta hits 2-out, 2-run HR in 9th, Cardinals jolt Cubs 6-5

CHICAGO (AP) Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals jolted the Chicago Cubs 6-5 Wednesday. The Cardinals trailed 5-4 and Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (1-4) quickly retired the first two batters in the ninth. Matt Carpenter followed with a four-pitch walk and Peralta connected on a 1-2 pitch, hitting a drive that barely cleared...
Via AP on Fox
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Closer Report, Week 13: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Bullpen

I am equating this one solely on one thing for the Cubbies... and that term is?  Pseudo-intellectual.  Joe Maddon does everything different and it's gotta be the glasses.  He makes everyone want, need or have to be involved in his bullpen.  Basically, he is the united colors of Benetton of managers.  His hydra approach at the bullpen is not only bothersome or troubling for...
Via Razzball
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs pitcher accepts apology from Bob Costas: ‘We all do stuff we have to apologize for’

This is how adults act. Bob Costas knew he went too far in comments about Cubs reliever Pedro Strop during Friday’s St. Louis-Chicago game on MLB Network. In case you missed it, Costas had this to say about Strop’s terrible outing as he was leaving the mound. “Strop is on his way out, pointing toward the heavens. We can only ask, or wonder, that he is asking some departed relative...
Via Sherman Report
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Costas Tried To Liven Up A Game And It Didn’t Go Well

Here’s what he said: @ESPNChiCubs @BornOnThirdCubs Costas went there huh? pic.twitter.com/7G0tolOGg9 — Human Fund (@Gcarter3) June 27, 2015 That’s a burn. 3rd degree. And Costas has already apologized to Pedro Strop after everyone seemed to be offended. One of the Internet’s favorite go-to’s is ripping on whatever national announcer is calling whatever game is being...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Strop accepts apology from Bob Costas

Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas caught a lot of flak for his comments about Pedro Strop on Friday, but on Sunday Costas atoned for his mistakes as he apologized – face-to-face – to Strop. “Everybody makes mistakes,” Strop told CSN Chicago. Strop struggled in Friday's loss and when Cubs manager Joe Maddon pulled Strop from the game Costas said, “Strop is on his way...
Via Fox Sports
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Costas to apologize to Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop

We told you about Bob Costas going all HAM on Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop during Friday night’s Chicago-St. Louis game on MLB Network. Costas was not happy with Strop as he pointed skyward after getting pulled after just 18 pitches. The Holy Diminutive One wondered out loud if Strop would ask for forgiveness from a departed relative “for his atrocious performance.” Well, it...
Via Awful Announcing
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Costas apologizes for harsh words about Pedro Strop

Veteran broadcaster Bob Costas admitted that he owes Pedro Strop an apology for being unnecessarily harsh towards the pitcher during Friday’s game against the Cardinals. Costas was calling the play-by-play action of the game for MLB Network and took exception with Strop pointing to the sky after being pulled following a shaky outing. “Strop is...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Intense Series Bring Out the Overreactors

I love sports (breaking news, I know), I love baseball, and I love baseball fans. Sports fans are passionate beyond just about any other group of people in the world. When they are upset, they will let you know in as many words as they feel are needed, and tend to go on endless rants about anything that upsets or excites them. Fans of the Chicago Cubs are no different, they have...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Costas Was Weirdly Mean To Pedro Strop Last Night

Pedro Strop entered yesterday’s Cubs-Cardinals game with a 2-1 lead and as a set up guy, you’re supposed to go in and get...
Via Busted Coverage
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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