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Pedro Strop | Relief Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pedro Strop pitched a perfect ninth with a three-run lead for a save Saturday against the Marlins.
It was a given that Hector Rondon would get the day off after Friday's blown save, so Strop got the ball in the ninth. It might have been Neil Ramirez instead, but he had worked back-to-back days already. Strop has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, since returning from a strained groin last week. If Rondon has more problems going forward, Strop could put himself back into the closer mix. Jun 7 - 7:44 PM

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Cubs activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.

Strop missed the last three weeks with a left groin strain. He didn't go out on a rehab assignment, so it seems unlikely that he'd be used for save chances while Hector Rondon is on paternity leave.
May 30 - 3:11 PM

Cubs placed RHP Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left groin strain.

Strop underwent an MRI on Wednesday and was diagnosed with the mild strain, which will likely sideline him for 3-4 weeks. The 28-year-old right-hander has posted a rough 4.97 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings this season. Maybe the rest will do him some good.
May 7 - 4:50 PM

Pedro Strop will undergo an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of a groin injury.

Strop first injured his groin five days ago and left Tuesday's appearance after aggravating the ailment. The reliever was tagged for three runs over one-third of an inning against the White Sox. More will be known about a potential DL stint following Wednesday's exam.
May 7 - 12:01 AM

Pedro Strop left Tuesday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury.

The Cubs' trainer visited Strop on the mound in the top of the ninth before eventually walking off with the right-hander. It's not clear what injury the reliever is dealing with, but it could partly explain why he was rocked for three runs over one-third of an inning. The Cubs should update his status shortly.
May 6 - 11:27 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.

Pedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.

Pedro Strop gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell to the Diamondbacks.

Strop entered the game with Chicago up 5-2 but promptly blew the save opportunity, issuing two walks and a hit with bad defense and bad luck mixed in. James Russell didn't pitch any better after him. It was a classic Cubs showing on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.
Apr 23 - 5:47 PM

Pedro Strop closed out the Cubs' 5-1 win on Monday, pitching a hitless ninth against the Diamondbacks.

Unfortunately, both of the Cubs' wins since Jose Veras lost his closing gig have been four-run affairs. Still, it's probably telling that Hector Rondon was the setup man and Strop was reserved for the ninth in both. Strop looks like the favorite for saves.
Apr 22 - 12:04 AM

Pedro Strop picked up a save Thursday in the Cubs' 3-2 defeat of the Pirates at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

Strop entered in the bottom of the ninth inning and was able to preserve Chicago's one-run lead after giving up a leadoff single to Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Jose Veras threw 38 pitches in a blown save Wednesday, so he was unavailable for this one. Veras remains the Cubs' closer, but Strop is a good guy to stash in mixed and NL-only fantasy leagues.
Apr 3 - 3:36 PM

Pedro Strop pitched a perfect eighth in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Rockies.

Strop retired the Rockies in rapid-fire succession on three ground outs. The right-hander, acquired from the Orioles in July last season, is vying for save opportunities along with Jose Veras and Hector Rondon.
Mar 5 - 6:44 PM

Cubs avoided arbitration with RHP Pedro Strop by agreeing to a one-year $1.325 million contract.

It's a bit more than the $1 million that MLB Trade Rumors had predicted that he would earn. The 28-year-old right-hander will compete with Jose Veras and Hector Rondon for save chances in 2014.
Jan 17 - 6:12 PM

Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio suggested Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon could compete for the closer's job.

The 28-year-old Strop has always had top-shelf stuff and posted a 2.83 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 42/11 K/BB ratio with the Cubs after coming over in a mid-season trade. He should be considered the favorite for the job, but the Cubs figure to be an appealing destination for relief pitchers available via free agency. "We need more pitching," Bosio said. "And as soon as we acquire four or five guys, we're going to need more after that. … We need arms. We've got to find or develop those arms, and if you're not signing them, you better develop them. And if you can't develop them, then Theo and Jed (Hoyer) and everyone are trying to do the next best thing, which is to acquire them."
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:31:00 PM

Cubs team president Theo Epstein indicated over the weekend that they have "guys that could close" already on the roster, likely referring to Pedro Strop.

Of course Epstein also noted that having a closer vacancy could make the Cubs an appealing destination for relief pitchers available via free agency. The 28-year-old Strop has always had top-shelf stuff and posted a 2.83 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 42/11 K/BB ratio with the Cubs after coming over in a mid-season trade. He makes for a very interesting sleeper candidate in early mixed league drafts.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 10:25:00 PM

Pedro Strop earned his first save of the season Saturday in the Cubs' victory versus the Braves.

Strop struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning. He is finishing the season as the Cubs' closer with Kevin Gregg relegated to setup duty.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 07:05:00 PM

Pedro Strop will serve as the Cubs' closer for the remainder of the 2013 regular season.

Kevin Gregg will operate in a setup role. "It’s going to be an opportunity [for Strop]," manager Dale Sveum said Thursday. "We want to see what he does in that role. Kevin [Gregg] has been one of the better closers in all of baseball. God knows where we’d be without him."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 01:13:00 PM

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PosRoleName
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2John Baker
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Junior Lake
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Eric Jokisch
9Blake Parker
10Dan Straily
11Brian Schlitter
12Arodys Vizcaino
13Zach Rosscup