Chicago Cubs' Bullpen May Be Headed In The Right Direction

By Nick Schaeflein
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs‘ bullpen has been a sore spot for much of the 2014 season. The made-over pen has struggled with many of the same issues that has plagued them over the last few seasons. However, this weekend the unit may have just turned in their best performance of the year. It was a collective effort that completely shut down the Milwaukee Brewers. Is the bullpen for the Cubs be finally heading in the right direction?

In the three games against the Brew Crew, the Cubs’ bullpen was dominant. When was the last time that could be said? In the three games, the bullpen tossed eight innings allowing just four hits, one walk, and zero runs while striking out 15 batters. That output is nearly a complete game shutout by a bunch of guys who have failed to post consistent results in the past.

Chicago was led by newly appointed closer Hector Rondon who posted two saves in the series. Rondon is now a perfect five-for-five in save chances this year, and may be solving the Cubs’ closer question marks in the process. The young right-hander has been really throwing the ball well this year. He is simply just rearing back, challenging hitters, and throwing strikes. The last few days have also seen Jose Veras throw two clean outings since returning from the disabled list. If Veras is able to right his disastrous start to the season, the Cubs may have something cooking.

Overall, the weekend was a success for the Cubs. They were able to win their second series of the year, and outplayed the division leaders in the process. The staff in total struck out 39 batters while limiting the walks. The only downside is that Jeff Samardzija remains winless. If the Cubs’ bullpen can continue to perform at this level, hopefully the winless drought will soon be over for the team’s ace.

This weekend, Chicago’s success started at the end with a terrific bullpen that can hopefully be sustained for a long-term run into the summer.

Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.

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