Chicago Cubs’ bullpen is taking on a whole new look
Carl Edwards Jr.
Edwards has earned the nickname ‘middle inning closer’ from Joe Maddon and he’s proven his worth in just a short time since coming up from Triple-A Iowa.
In 14 innings of work, Edwards has struck out 16 batters and posted a 1.93 ERA. With electric stuff and a fastball that reaches around 96-97 consistently but gets into the upper 90s, Edwards is a power arm in a smaller package, as Maddon joked recently that he weighs “140 pounds”.
The Cubs aren’t going to over-use Edwards, as Maddon has noted on occasion. This is a guy you want to keep fresh and uses him in specialty roles when you are in a bind perhaps in the fifth or sixth inning, and the momentum of the game is hanging in the balance.
This is a guy who can come in and blow hitters away with his fastball and also get them with his stuff. He’ll be a valuable piece of the bullpen late in the season.