Strop may be in position to earn a save Wednesday against the Reds. With Hector Rondon unavailable for Wednesday's game, per Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com, Strop seems to be the most likely option to fill in if the Cubs are in need of a closer. Strop has been dominant this season, posting a career best strikeout rate of 35.6 percent and holding opponents to a .170 batting average.
Strop pitched a perfect eighth inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday, striking out two batters in what ended up being a 4-3 loss. Strop has been racking up the strikeouts the past few weeks, striking out at least one batter in each of his past nine appearances. Despite the loss Tuesday, Strop and the Cubs have had plenty of late-inning leads to defend. They hold the best record in baseball at 47-22 while outscoring their opponents 369-200.
Strop struck out two in a perfect inning of relief Monday against the Dodgers. Jason Hammel was knocked out of the game early with an injury, but Strop was part of an outstanding relief effort. In his last seven appearances, covering 6.1 innings, Strop has given up three hits and zero runs and has a 9:2 K:BB.
Strop struck out the side in his one inning and earned his seventh hold of the season Saturday against the Nationals. Closer Hector Rondon has pitched the last four days, so he'll probably be unavailable Sunday, so it's possible Strop could get a save chance. He deserves it, as he has a 19:4 K:BB and has given up just five hits in 13.1 innings this year.
Strop earned his fourth hold of the season despite a shaky appearance against the Brewers on Tuesday. He walked two and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Overall, Strop has been excellent during the season's first month, as he has a 10:3 K:BB in eight innings and opponents are batting just .115 off him. He remains one of the better setup men in the National League, Tuesday night notwithstanding.