Cubs have their bulldog arm in right-hander Keegan Thompson
You have to admit, a good majority of this season has been really tough for the Cubs. Through losing streaks and injuries, it has been really hard watching this team at times.
While there have been a couple of success stories so far with the 2022 Chicago Cubs, none have been bigger than the emergence of Keegan Thompson.
Thompson is just straight-up awesome. No matter what, I always make the time to sit down and watch this man throw the baseball. What he has done this season is exactly what the Cubs have been looking for as we move into this new era on the North Side.
The legend of Thompson dates back to the first series of the year against Milwaukee. Thompson came on in relief of Justin Steele way back in the second game of the year and shut down Milwaukee hitters. After a couple hit by pitches from the Brewers that series (a problem that has been escalating for years), Thompson took offense to that and went up and in on Andrew McCuthen.
From that moment, Thompson became the dog of the Cubs pitching rotation. After serving a brief suspension, the young right-hander continued to take momentum from every time he pitched. It earned him a spot in the starting rotation while a few players were hurt, but now he is in the rotation to stay.
Cubs have gotten quality from Keegan Thompson, no matter his role
Keegan Thompson sports a 3.34 ERA and a 1.158 WHIP, to go along with his 7-3 record. In his last three starts he’s averaging right around 8 strikeouts a game, to only three walks total. What he is giving the Cubs goes a long way, and the pitching coaches and scouts should not be discredited for finding this guy and turning him into what he has become.
As a whole, Keegan Thompson might be turning himself into one of the most underrated pitchers in the game.
This is huge for the Cubs going forward. Homegrown talent who just burst onto the scene and do everything they can to help the Cubs win baseball games is something Chicago is going to need if they want to contend again soon.
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Thompson has become the give me the ball and I will throw guy. David Ross has asked a lot of him this entire season, and it really has not seemed to affect him in the slightest. When you look at that alone, that’s what makes him feel so special and exciting.