With the powerful left arm of Chapman likely taking over the primary closer role, the Cubs now have flexibility with incumbent closer Hector Rondon, who is not chopped liver by any means.
Rondon’s ERA this season is 1.95 and he was successful on 18 of 22 save opportunities. Like I said — it’s not like Rondon was a liability but the Cubs wanted to add arguably the most dominant one-inning pitcher in the game, and they took the opportunity.
If his new role is to hold down games in the eighth inning, Rondon should excel there as well. The Cubs have used a number of guys in that role this year, but Rondon provides the ‘surest’ thing they have going for them.
When he has command of his fastball and slider, Rondon is unhittable and a phenomenal option for the Cubs to have now in addition to Aroldis Chapman.
Think about that…