5 options the Chicago Cubs have for the closer role in the bullpen
The Chicago Cubs are in desperate need of bullpen solutions as the group is now among the worst in the league. However, a designated closing pitcher would go a long way in helping secure victories in close games. There are not many options since veteran offseason additions like Michael Fulmer and Brad Boxberger have not panned out but the revolving carousel of closers is clearly not working. There are a few avenues the team has not tried yet that could stick if manager David Ross decides to try it out. Here are a few options the Cubs have to find a closer for their ailing bullpen.
1. Adbert Alzolay
Right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay has been one of the shining spots in the bullpen this year, with a 1.99 ERA and a stellar WHIP of 0.84 in 22.2 innings pitched. He has one of the best sliders on the team and his fastball tops out at 97 mph so he is a logical choice to at least try out in a save situation. So far this season, Alzolay has appeared in the 9th inning just twice all year, and he retired every batter he faced without giving up a walk, hit, or run.
The final game against the Astros on Wednesday would have been a prime opportunity, where Ross opted to use Alzolay in the seventh inning and Keegan Thompson in the 9th with a three-run lead. That lead was erased almost immediately when Thompson surrendered a single, home run and walk to the three batters he faced. I'm not saying Alzolay will be a lockdown closer in these situations, but you have to try giving him and others a look in those spots if you want to solve this problem.