Pedro Strop Has Been Downright Filthy For The Cubs

Pedro StropFormer Orioles reliever Pedro Strop pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Cubs in their 7-2 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night. Much to my surprise, Strop has been incredibly effective since being dealt to Chicago along with Jake Arrieta in a deal that brought Scott Feldman to Baltimore.

Strop has thrown four scoreless innings over four outings with the Cubs, Tuesday he surrendered his first hit. He’s walked just one batter and struck out three.

Strop left Baltimore with a 7.25 ERA, he allowed 11 earned runs over his last 8.1 innings pitched with the Orioles and opponents were hitting .368/.467/.711 against him during that span. A change of scenery has been just what the doctor ordered for the flame throwing righty.

Meanwhile, Arrieta has struggled with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in the Pacific Coast League. On Tuesday, he surrendered seven runs, three earned on ten hits over 3.2 innings pitched. He gave up one run in one inning in his first start on July 5.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.


  1. MGW

    July 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I really like Strop and wish him success in Chicago. There’s no tougher division in all of sports than the AL East and Pedro learned that through his time here. Best of luck to Pete.

    • Nick F

      July 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Yep. He knows how to pitch, just for whatever reason he lost it for us. I think it was a combination of being tired at the end of last season (I’m pretty sure he pitched a lot more than his season high innings last year) which made him lose confidence, and then pitching in the AL East.

      I hope he continues to pitch just like this for the Cubs mainly because I like the guy, but also because I think it’s funny to stick it to the “crooked hat” whiners.

  2. spy

    July 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I was sorry to see Pedro go as well,,,,,,,,,,,,,I really don’t know if the O’s gave up on him too early , time will tell………………………….

    • Pole

      July 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Maybe they did give up on him too early but for whatever reason he didn’t seem to be able to correct himself here. Good luck Pedro, hopefully Feldman can take his game up a notch and get a win.

    • Nick F

      July 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Their hands were kind of tied since he didn’t have any options and we’re trying to carry McFarland all year. Plus, JJ has been struggling. They needed to make room in the bullpen and he was the most expendable I guess. If any of those three things were different they may have been able to hold on to him.


    July 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    4 scoreless innings in downright nasty. Who writes this blog, HVAC or 286. FREDTERP

    • MGW

      July 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

      When he typically pitches only 1 inning, that would be four appearances. In that they just traded him 10 days ago, four appearances would be a lot.

      I see you’re a big baseball fan FREDTERP.

    • The Intimidator

      July 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Fred Twerp…

      1. Who cares if your wife’s family couldn’t speak English and your ankle monitor gave you a bad rash. You paid for one fine woman. Not many women from Lithuiania get themselves a great American catch like you. You two go together like tuna fish and cigarettes.

      2. Who cares that you abused the “Hippie Lettuce” and it dropped you so low that they are now putting your face on food stamps?

      3. Who cares that you run the Whack-A-Mole at the state fair?

      4. Who cares that you want to be like me? You can’t be like me, I’ve got abrasions, contusions, a severely sprained neck, two fractured fingers, and I’m hopped up on pain pills… All from spending a weekend in Rio with two female Olympic gymnasts.

      5. Who cares that you go around in life taking Ecstasy pills, swigging beer and snapping gratuitous photos of you going down on other men?

      So you see Fred, who gives a flying @#$% about you and your lifestyle? Maybe your Uncle who you are secretly having a relationship with, but thats about it. So go away…

      • mystery man

        July 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        Well put .

      • Ryan

        July 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        buddy if I could jerk you off I would, nicely said.