The Chicago Cubs’ bullpen has to show up in 2020

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Rowan Wick, Kyle Ryan, and Brad Wieck will all also be a big part of the Cubs bullpen in 2020. Wick started to make a name for himself in the second half of last season. He was one of the few Cubs relievers that were good in high leverage moments. Wick posted a 2.43 ERA in 31 games pitched. If Wick can continue to progress in 2020, the Cubs will be in a good spot.

The lefty Kyle Ryan didn’t make the Opening Day roster last season but was called up in the first few weeks of the season as the Cubs bullpen struggled. Ryan, who was thought to be a more of a lefty specialist, proved that he could get guys out from both sides of the plate, which will be valuable in 2020 with the new three batters minimum rule. Ryan posted a 3.54 ERA in 73 games pitched.

Weick was brought over from San Diego in the Carl Edwards Jr. trade in late July. The left-hander had an excellent September for the Cubs. Having a 3.60 ERA in 14 games pitched for the Cubs.

That is five of the eight spots in the bullpen pretty much locked up. It gets interesting after that who will get the final three spots. It is pretty much a lock that Alec Mills will be the fifth starter for the Cubs after Jose Quintana’s injury to his pitching hand. Duane Underwood Jr. is another exciting option the Cubs have.