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Chicago Cubs: Bullpen proving its mettle during recent winning streak

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Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (46) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning in game three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (46) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning in game three of the 2016 World Series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) smiles before game three of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) smiles before game three of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

Series Totals

The Chicago Cubs have received great performances from their bullpen arms over the last three games. Take a look at each reliever’s numbers during those three games.

  • Carl Edwards – 1 2/3 innings pitched, zero hits, zero earned runs, three walks, and two strikeouts.
  • Pedro Strop – two innings pitched, zero hits, zero earned runs, zero walks, and two strikeouts.
  • Hector Rondon – 1 1/3 innings pitched, two hits, two earned runs, a walk, and a strikeout.
  • Koji Uehara – two innings pitched, zero hits, zero earned runs, three strikeouts, and a save.
  • Justin Grimm – one inning pitched, zero hits, zero earned runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.
  • Wade Davis – two innings pitched, zero hits, zero earned runs, one walk, three strikeouts, and two saves.

As a group, the Cubs’ bullpen totaled ten innings pitched, two hits, two earned runs, six walks, 14 strikeouts and three saves in the three game series against the Cardinals. That means the Cubs’ bullpen registered a 1.80 ERA against St. Louis over the weekend.

There is no doubt the Cubs have some talented pitchers in their bullpen. Up until this point, the Cubs’ bullpen has been solid, but in this recent series, they took it up a notch.

If the Cubs’ hitters can continue to give the bullpen leads late in games, there is a good chance it will hold them.

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The Cubs’ bullpen is starting to come into its own. Now, it’s time for the starting pitching and offense to catch up.

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