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Pedro Strop is one of the best relievers in Cubs history

He often goes underappreciated, but his contributions to the team have been solid.

Think about it this way. If the Cubs had traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles in July 2013 and only received Pedro Strop in return, that would have been a huge win for the Cubs.

Of course, they didn’t get just Strop. Jake Arrieta also came over in that deal as well and gave the Cubs four and a half outstanding seasons. That makes this trade one of the best in franchise history.

But Strop’s contributions to the Cubs in relief over the last five and a half seasons have been, in general, outstanding, and he doesn’t get enough credit for them. So I decided to write this article to give him some of that credit.

The Cubs were able to acquire Strop, who had a very good year for Baltimore in 2012 (2.44 ERA, 1.342 WHIP, 1.5 bWAR), because he had pitched poorly for the O’s in 2013 (7.25 ERA, 1.701 WHIP, -0.9 bWAR) in 29 appearances.

Or had he? Of the 18 earned runs Strop allowed for Baltimore before the trade, 10 of them were in three bad outings. …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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