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

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Chicago Cubs: The anchor of the bullpen?

June did become the turning point for Ryan’s 2019 season. It set in motion the pendulum for him to finally find his groove. Since that first day midway through summer, Ryan has been on an exceptional level without many realizing what has taken place.

In fact, over the previous two months, Ryan has been one of the best relievers across all Major League Baseball. He has appeared in 28 games, pitching to a ridiculously good 1.73 ERA over 26 innings. Ryan has held opposing hitters to a .208 batting average and has 23 strikeouts to boot.

He has not allowed a single earned run over his last eight games and has 11 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings while holding batters to a .091 average. Yes, you read that correctly. The guy has been on fire.

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When the season began it was almost impossible to predict the nature of the Cubs bullpen at this point, and even harder to predict the kind of performance Ryan would bring to the team. However, here we are. While the rest of the bullpen has struggled mightily for a myriad of reasons, Ryan remains the one constant and the anchor who will hopefully continue to hold the team down, down the stretch to October.