Tony Wolters. Candidates for the job include Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek or Carl Edwards Jr. We present them here for purely educational purposes. Rondon became the Cubs closer in 2014 after Veras did not go well to start the season. The 2016 Cubs lapped the league in advanced fielding metrics, finishing first in Defensive Runs Saved (91) and Ultimate Zone Rating (47.1). To further explore the recent history of the Cubs closer role, and how often it changes, lets look at all the closers the Cubs have had going back to 2008. Tap to unmute. The Chicago Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list Monday and announced All-Star catcher Willson Contreras will be sidelined for … Find out more. Become a Stathead & surf this site ad-free. Cubs’ closer Craig Kimbrel feeling ready, not rushed as spring training winds down. Then-Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman, who signed with the New York Yankees in December 2016, entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Chicago leading 7-2. Final Out - Cubs Win 2016 World Series. The 2017 Cubs returned to the NLCS, but would lose to the Dodgers in a non-competitive five games. Or write about sports? Craig Kimbrell will once again be the Cubs closer. 1,039-980.515. 604-544.526. He also closed out the 2015 NLDS against the Cardinals, which was probably his best moment as a Cub. Do you have a sports website? Copy link. Luckily, with different acquisitions over the past two … The Cubs absolutely needed a closer in 2016, they didn’t necessarily need Chapman. CLEVELAND -- After a 108-year wait for a World Series championship, the Cubs had to wait just a little longer and the brief rain delay came at exactly the right time for Jason Heyward to give the players a pep talk.A 17-minute delay followed the ninth inning, then Ben Zobrist Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith. All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. 1,062-1,045.504. He heroically got the save in the wild NLDS game 5 vs. the Nationals as well as game 4 of the NLCS. Certainly not mind-blowing numbers, but an improvement from 2009. Cubs' Willson Contreras: Hits four singles. * - bats left-handed, # - bats both, else - bats right, ? * - throws left-handed, # - throws both, else - throws right, ? In his first year as closer he impressed with 29 saves and a 2.42 ERA and 1.058 WHIP. New, 60 comments. Prove us right! Cubs fans groaned, but he actually did a bit better than his first time in Chicago. Height of bar is margin of victory • Mouseover bar for details • Click for box score • Grouped by Month, 103. Visit ESPN to view the Chicago Cubs team depth chart for the current season He blew five saves but recorded 33 as he pitched to a 3.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 4.10 FIP in 62.0 innings. He got big saves in game 4 of the NLDS and game 5 of the World Series. 1,053-1,010.510. Share. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Final Out - Cubs Win 2016 World Series - YouTube. Sep 15, CHC (93-53) lost to MIL, 4-5, 148. Don’t Expect It to Be on the PGA Tour, MLB Vocabulary: Ollie Pickering and the Origins of Baseball’s Texas Leaguer. The 2016 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff in which the Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians. 2,032. Aug 28, CHC (82-47) lost to LAD, 0-1, 138. They lost to the Brewers in a 163rd gameto determine the Central Division champions, failing in their quest to win the division for a third c… The 2015–2020 Cubs had the greatest sustained run of success in franchise history since the dead-ball era, but the Cubs’ teams after 2016 would fail to recapture the magic the team had in October 2016. Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. His walks and home runs did increase in the second half, but he still got the job done. 1905-2016… CHI-SPORTS #FlyTheW Contributor: @SwerskiSports, @SportsanityBTR, @Fansided's Cubbies Crib, @BlastingNews, FPS Bears, @cleatgeeks, @WC_Chronicle, Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. A. Romine. Sep 24, CHC (98-56) lost to STL, 4-10, 158. Aug 27, CHC (82-46) lost to LAD, 2-3, 129. Cubs' Willson Contreras: Hits four singles. 2016 Chicago Cubs Statistics 2015 Season 2017 Season Record: 103-58, Finished 1st in NL_Central ( Schedule and Results ) His best year as closer was arguably 2010 when he recorded a career-high 38 saves while pitching to a 2.55 ERA. “Yeah, that’s certainly what it feels like right now,” said Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks Tuesday of whether the defense compares to 2016. T. Wolters. Aug 21, CHC (78-45) lost to COL, 4-11, 128. Willson Contreras. The Chicago Cubs finally have a closer. 2016 Chicago Cubs Roster. over San Francisco Giants, President: You can't wait for next year. Former Chicago Cubs Closer Hector Rondon is Retiring. W-L% 1951-2016. Rondon became the Cubs closer in 2014 after Veras did not go well to start the season. Many thanks to him.     One-year: Oct 1, CHC (102-58) lost to CIN, 4-7. Theo Epstein Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. Though he came back in 2011 and the beginning of 2012, he was a solid reliever but not a closer. All rights reserved. He struck out 46 batters. He has 20 saves this season with a 2.01 ERA, striking out 44 batters in 31 1/3 innings. Aug 13, CHC (73-42) lost to STL, 4-8, 116. in Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. He surrendered a career-high 13 home runs that year and eventually lost the duty to Carlos Marmol. And it is definitely not a criticism of Hector Rondon, the Cubs likely closer in 2016, in any way. 2,077. - unknown; OPS_lg for OPS+ does not include pitchers. September 28, 2016 Chicago Cubs — The Cubs took a 6-1 lead into the ninth inning on Tuesday, but when Justin Grimm got just one out and allowed three runs, Joe Maddon turned to Felix Pena to close the door on the Pirates and pick up his first career save. MESA, Ariz. – Cubs … He made his Cubs debut against the White Sox at Wrigley Field on June 29th, but did not get the save seeing the score was 8–1. The Cubs closer role in 2018 is still somewhat up for grabs after the departure of Wade Davis. 2016 began with him as closer again. Record: Are you a Stathead, too? Even when their closer, Aroldis Chapman, blew a save opportunity in Game 7 of the World Series in Cleveland, the Cubs … - unknown, for minors. From then on he was the guy until the 2013 season when Gregg came back and took the role back. Coming over from Detroit, Veras was named the closer to start 2014. In the postseason he was worked to death as he pitched in 15.2 innings. Sep 17, CHC (94-54) lost to MIL, 3-11, 149. At 31 years old he recorded 34 saves with a 3.26 ERA, 2.32 FIP, 84 strikeouts and 1.085 WHIP in 66.1 innings pitched. 1911-2016. Nov 2, 2016, Attendance: 38104, Time of Game: 4:28. He recorded 18 saves before August 1st. From 2009–2012, Marmol recorded 107/129 saves with a 3.33 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 1.377 WHIP, 402 strikeouts and 210 walks. He only got better in 2015 when he pitched to a 1.67 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 1.000 WHIP, 69 Ks to 15 BBs and saved 30 games. 1,813. 1906-2016. He left for Toronto the next year. Jul 30, CHC (62-41) lost to SEA, 1-4, 115. Batting - 101, Pitching - 100 New ... After seeing the importance of having a shutdown closer in the postseason, the Cubs will be looking to secure one of the top three closers … His tenure at Cubs closer was disastrous as he blew both save attempts in the first week or so and had a 8.10 ERA in 13.1 innings when he was cut in June. “The Machine” came over from Kansas City after the Cubs traded Jorge Soler for him. Alex Patt is a contributor for Wrigley Rapport and other news/sports publications. Cardinals record vs. Cubs. In 2018, the Cubs finished tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the division. November 17, 2013 December 26, 2015. Much of the play-by-play, game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. The Kevin Gregg story was kind of weird. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Sep 18, CHC (94-55) lost to MIL, 1-3, 154. Who will be next? 852-736.537. The Cubs And Angels Bring The 2016 Season Opener 1 Day Closer. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. Since 2016, it seems there has not been one single, dominant, closer for the Chicago Cubs. Shopping. CUC grad. 1921-2016. Learn more, Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland Indians (8-7). 1,595. Stay tuned! Just 33, Rondon is stepping away, according to Chris Cotillo. 103-58, 1908-2016. Manager David Ross said Tuesday that Kimbrel will return to his role as closer for the 2021 season. Two days after negotiations between New York and Chicago, closer Aroldis Chapman, the hardest throwing left-hander in all of major league baseball, made his debut Wednesday night by working a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox. (Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.) The 2016 Chicago Cubs played 160 games during the regular … A closer who could one day be in the Hall of Fame. 2,144. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of InsideTheBook.com, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. 1st 1,154. There has been no Cubs reliever the past decade who had a longer tenure at closer than Marmol. 956-849.530. over Cleveland Indians    Won NL Championship Series (4-2) Explore, If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. 1909-2016. While he was very wild at times, he often got out of jams. 1931-2016. (President, Baseball Operations), Attendance: 3,232,420 While he was not quite as good as he was with the Royals, he was still really good. Batting - 95, Pitching - 93, Pythagorean W-L: over Los Angeles Dodgers    Won NL Division Series (3-1) Visit Baseball-Reference.com for the complete box score, play-by-play, and win probability Cisheck? It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. 1,046-995.512. The decision will likely officially come in spring, and the Cubs may still be shopping for a closer, so right now we will wait and see. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. NL_Central 1,374. Other? This week began on Sunday with Cubs manager Rick Renteria demoting his closer Jose Veras after his second blown save. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2021. We sponsored this page because we know smart Cubs fans who check Baseball Reference will love our site. His job would be handed over to Aroldis Chapman after the 2016 deadline. What is interesting to look at the past decade is how many different players assumed the role of closer. Write on Medium, The Good, the Bad, and the Sexist of the USWNT’s World Cup Journey, NFL Legend Joe Namath’s Brush with Pro Baseball, Tiger Woods Will Play Golf Again. The Cubs’ bullpen will be greatly enhanced by Chapman’s presence. Rondon’t: Cubs Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Closer. Let us try to forget Rajai Davis shall we? Chapman came over from the Yankees near the deadline in 2016 for the home stretch of the season and the postseason. Join our linker program. 1941-2016. 1,068-1,060.502. He made his second All Star game that year and had his highest K/9 (11.4) of his career. Old friend and pitcher for two of my favorite Chicago Cubs highlights, Hector Rondon has decided to retire. Aug 19, CHC (77-44) lost to COL, 6-7, 123. His 2.1 fWAR was the 5th best in the National League among relievers. This was his only year as Cubs closer as he left for the Cleveland Indians in 2009. The once dominant starter rebounded after injures and became an All Star closer in 2008. 1,056-1,029.506. April 27, 2021, by Brett Taylor Chicago Cubs. Info. A history of the Sports Reference Sponsorship System, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Sunday, May 16, 3:16AM. As winners of one of the Division Series and the team with the best regular season record in the National League, the Cubs earned home-field advantage … 2,099. MLB 2016 Free Agent Tracker: Closers. Marmol had been a Cub for many years, and was an All Star reliever in 2008. CHICAGO (AP) Star closer Aroldis Chapman joined the Cubs on Tuesday, arriving to a mixed reaction in Chicago and saying he couldn't remember what management Veras had a successful 2013 season recording 21/25 saves with a 3.02 ERA and 3.62 FIP. Share The seventh month, often so cruel to the Cubs, was glorious in 2016. Watch later. And every day the 2016 Cubs creep a little closer to joining the 1985 Bears on a list of one-hit wonders. Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. The rest of the way in the regular season he recorded 16/18 saves and pitched to a 1.01 ERA, 0.82 FIP and 0.825 WHIP in 26.2 innings. You can follow him on twitter @chifanpatt1, 24. 1907-2016. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. Gregg was coming off a decent season in 2008, but 2009 as Cubs closer was not that great. Please note that players may not be in the uniform of the correct team in these images. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Morrow? He recorded 23 saves but blew seven of them and pitched to a 4.72 ERA and 4.93 FIP in 68.2 innings. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. Then suddenly in April of 2013 he came back. 107-54, 808 Runs, 556 Runs Allowed. Recording 32 saves and blowing just one in September, he pitched to a 2.30 ERA, 1.142 WHIP, 3.38 FIP and struck out 79 batters. The Cubs’ bullpen be greatly enhanced by Chapman’s presence. Cubs closer Hector Rondon would be … The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Even the past two seasons, they have had three different closers. In the first half he was dominant, pitching to a 1.72 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 2.38 FIP, 42 strikeouts and only four walks. From 2014–2016 he was arguably the most reliable closer in baseball, and he brought his effectiveness to Chicago. Instead, the Cubs will pick up Chapman — long one of the best closers in all of baseball but also a free agent at season’s end, making the four-player package headlined by Torres a … His days as full-time closer basically began when Gregg struggled in 2009. I can't wait for next year. Since Monday, the Cubs have been outscored by the Blackhawks – … Multi-year: Probably the most underrated closer the Cubs have had. Do you have a blog? — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 3, 2016 More heartbreak for Cleveland This was the 60th extra-inning game in World Series history, and it was the fifth time that happened in … Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. 1910-2016. Tag: Cubs Closer 2014. 740-628.541. He was a roller coaster who basically fell off completely at the end, but he had some real effective years. The best part of his debut was that all of his pitches reached triple digits, extending into the 100+ mph range. Sep 6, CHC (89-49) lost to MIL, 5-12, 141. 2,122. He came over first in 2009 to take over the vacant closer spot after Wood left. He gave up only six home runs that year, which was a big improvement. Evan Altman June 4, 2016. (4th of 15), Park Factors: Overall had a 3.55 ERA that postseason. Copyright © 2000-2021 Sports Reference LLC. Sep 10, CHC (90-51) lost to HOU, 1-2, 144. He finished game 6 of the NLCS. Sep 28, CHC (101-57) lost to PIT, 4-8, 161. Finished Although he struggled in the World Series, his addition to the Cubs could have a similar impact as the addition of closer Aroldis Chapman did in 2016 when the … He has 20 saves this season with a 2.01 ERA, striking out 44 batters in 31 1/3 innings. He is now a member of the Rockies, but his one year as a Cub will be remembered for a while. (Schedule and Results), Postseason:     Won World Series (4-3) Sep 13, CHC (92-52) lost to STL, 2-4, 146. Yankees Trade All-Star Closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs The Yankees traded closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs in a package that … 2,054. Hector Rondon (2014–2016) Probably the most underrated closer the Cubs have had. His 2011 was rough as he blew 10 saves, but still recorded 34. Aug 14, CHC (73-43) lost to STL, 4-6, 121. Really good Rondon ( 2014–2016 ) probably the most underrated closer the Cubs closer in Baseball and!, 0-1, 138 89-49 ) lost to COL, 6-7, 123 or Edwards! 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