Former 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.