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Chicago Cubs News: Bullpen falters in late loss to Cardinals

Aug 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Joe Smith (30) returns to the mound after giving up a grand slam home run to St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk (background) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Joe Smith (30) returns to the mound after giving up a grand slam home run to St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk (background) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs are going to have games like this. The bullpen faltered late after Kyle Hendricks continued his dominant stretch, but nobody’s perfect. But it does beg the question if adding depth should still be considered.


The Chicago Cubs farm system has been churning out constant prospects in the field it seems over the past few years. Pitching, however, has not been its strong suit. The Cubs do have some talented arms in the system waiting their turn, but just how soon before we see any of them? This September? A year or two?

Another name that has recently been thrown into the mix is Jonathan Papelbon. After being released by the Nationals, the once reliable closer will be looking for work anywhere he can find it, partly due to his hotheaded nature–and his choking of Bryce Harper didn’t help. Jon Lester made the case for him a few years ago, would he vouch again? It’s a low-cost, low-risk move as the Nats are picking up his salary. With Pedro Strop out, it doesn’t hurt to examine the possibility.

Our friend Evan Altman over at Cubs Insider took a look at Kyle Hendricks and the magnificence of his changeup, and how if he’s not careful he’s going to find himself square in the conversation for the NL Cy Young Award. He’s had three consecutive solid performances and added the strikeout to the mix yesterday, not something he’s known for. Take your seat, the Professor has arrived.

These and other stories you may have missed:

‘Cubs pitchers on the farm almost ready’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Should the Cubs give Papelbon a look?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Kyle Hendr12k’s needs to change’ – Cubs Insider

‘Indians prospects hit-streak hits 50‘ – MLB.com

‘Baby Bombers make history in debut’ – Yanks Go Yard

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