Chicago Cubs: Kyle Ryan is quietly putting together a solid season

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Chicago Cubs: Putting it all together

Regaining his stability following his first appearance, Ryan began to find his groove moving through April. Over his next eight games, the veteran lefty did not allow a single earned run over 9 1/3 innings. He gave up just four hits in that span and kept opposing batters at bay with a .129 batting average.

The month of May for Ryan was a sort of Dr. Jekyll tale. He found himself making a few great appearances before running into trouble for a handful of games, to turn it back around before struggling. He finished the month with a less than stellar 5.40 ERA, but it became only a matter of time before Ryan finally turned that corner.

June was a completely different story for Ryan. Joe Maddon utilized his arm frequently, as Ryan made a whopping 14 appearances, and he did step up in a considerable way. Across the 11 1/3 innings of work, Ryan posted a 2.38 ERA, surrendering just two home runs and striking out ten.

Everything from the previous month’s woes had washed away, and that corner fans were so desperate to find had finally been turned.