Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer called the pitching problems associated with the Cubs closing situation right now, “collateral damage,” because with blown saves come extra-inning games which can tax a bullpen.
Twice in the first two weeks, Cubs’ closer Jose Veras has given up a lead, sending a game (Friday night) into overtime and extending another one (in Pittsburgh) even longer into the night. It’s added six more innings of work for the relief group that has been struggling to the tune of a collective 4.14 ERA, which ranks 18th in baseball right now.
The team’s three blown saves are already the most in baseball as of Saturday afternoon.
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Source: Jesse Rogers (ESPN)