Chicago Cubs: Pedro Strop quietly dominates yet again in 2018

Pedro Strop, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Cubs: Strop has built an impeccable resume for himself

When the Cubs shut down Brandon Morrow for the remainder of the season on Sept. 15, the team was in desperate need of someone to fill the closer role.  Strop, never being one to back down from stepping up, filled in nicely in the absence of Morrow.

Ever since the Cubs acquired Strop in the notorious 2013 deal that also brought over Jake Arrieta from the Baltimore Orioles, he has been nothing but consistent for the club.  Through 361 games (11th in franchise history), he has recorded 114 holds (all-time franchise leader), carrying a 2.63 ERA as the Cubs’ longest-tenured reliever.

When Chicago needed someone to take the late-inning reins and put the game on his back, Strop adapted and didn’t disappoint, showcasing his ability to stay cool and dominate under big-game pressure.  He made fans rest easy as he took the mound with the lead and his teammates showed the same faith as well.

One particular sentiment came from Cubs center fielder, Albert Almora Jr.:

"“That’s the guy you want out there. He can be awkward with his delivery but has plus stuff.  You’re not worried about him because you know he’s not worried.”"

Strop’s ability to shut down games as a closer was also dually noted by Cubs skipper, Joe Maddon:

"“He puts the ball on the ground on the ground and he has a wipeout slider that works against righties and lefties.”"

As Strop continued to prove his value on the hill, it should be noted that his clubhouse presence has just as an impressive amount of weight to it, as well.