Chicago Cubs: Things have changed in the bullpen
These lefties were from a time that managers didn’t play ‘match-up’s.’ Or the term ‘LOOGY’ (Lefty one out guy) wasn’t part of the terminology. And with the rule change next season, these may become a think of the past. Is it worth the Cubs giving up anything for a player that might not have value when the rules change next season?
Or maybe Joe Maddon realizes that with how he’s deployed Kyle Ryan this season. Or it could be that he only has Ryan–the only left-hander currently in the pen. Randy Rosario, Xavier Cedeno, Tim Collins and–sigh–Brian Duensing are the most likely to see action this year.
This should be an indication of how hard it is to find a good lefty, and then have one that has success over a few seasons. The Cubs have a long history, and there haven’t been many that have lasted but a few years. Theo Epstein has been excellent, and he did help break the 108-year-old curse. But can he find a lefty that will be efficient for several years? The odds are NOT good.