In the event that you discovered yourself lamenting the performance and price of this Chicago Cubs 2019 bullpen, then there might be relief on the two counts directly around the corner.
The Chicago Cubs bullpens are unpredictable creatures that bear no resemblance to the mundane nature of constant major league ballplayers who follow patterns and have similar stats year-in and year-out. One year, you catch lightning in a jar with a rare vintage of Brian Duensing, circa 2017. Next, you can’t get rid of that bitter and fair Riesling… er, Duensing fast enough.
That having been said, it is hard to come to grips with just how bad a number of the usually stellar Cubs replacements were at times in 2019. A Few of the men, such as Pedro Strop and Steve Cishek, had pitched fabulously for the Cubs and Joe Maddon for years. Others had shown promise at times in large situations for the Cubs, such as Carl Edwards Jr. And Mike Montgomery, but had struggled to find consistency from the pencil. Others, such as handsomely paid nearer Craig Kimbrel, were anticipated to be quite great and laid an egg at the initial go-round from the Friendly Confines.
Though the 2019 iteration of this Chicago Cubs bullpen came up a bit short concerning expectations and performance, a few indications might be pointing to a far greater and a far cheaper relief unit following season. Between trades, saying goodbye to expensive vets who were good for the Cubs, and jettisoning oft-injured men, the Cubs could well encounter a considerable upswing in performance from their pencil at a far cheaper price than last season.