Positive Notes: The Cubs Bullpen Hasn’t Allowed a Run in Last 12.0 Innings

Hopefully, the Cubs bullpen has finally come around. We knew it would happen one day.

The Cubs bullpen hasn’t allowed a run since the 8th inning on Saturday. They have shutout opponents in the last 12.0 innings of work.

Cubs relief pitching looked especially good on Monday after Jon Lester was only able to pitch 2.0 innings. Brad Brach, Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario, and Pedro Strop combined for 7.0 scoreless frames. They struck out eight and walked just two without yielding a run.

As a result, the Cubs bullpen ERA and WHIP dropped from 9.85 to 6.92 and 2.26 to 1.86.

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It’s all confidence thing according to Joe Maddon:

“That’ll build their confidence. They need that, the group needs that. … I want to believe that an afternoon like today is gonna help build that confidence out there that they sorely need.”

This is certainly a nice trend that Cubs relievers would like to keep up. It definitely gives a break on the offense too.


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