Ryan Dempster 2007- 0-2 4.73 ERA 1.34 WHIP 28 SV 0 Hld 7.43 K/9
The Cubs have flirted with him and the rotation, but the addition of Jon Lieber means that probably won't happen. He had two problems in 2007: non-save situations and the Mets. He was actually good as a closer (converting 28 out of 31 SV chances). Many have questioned his role as he is not the typical closer, and had many almost BLSVs. He'll definitely be in the hunt for the closer's job in Spring Training, and he has more expirence in the role than anyone else on the team.
Bob Howry 2007- 6-7 3.32 ERA 1.17 WHIP 8 SV 22 Hld 7.97 K/9
The overlooked option in the Cubs pen, but possibly the most dependable. Serving mostly as an 8th innning man, for the portion of the year when Dempster was on the DL, Howry filled in nicely as the closer. He doesn't have the flashy stuff of Carlos Marmol or even Kerry Wood, but he does consistently throw in the high 90s. Is in the running for closer, but it's most likely that he will remain the 8th inning guy. Hey, why mess with success?
Carlos Marmol 2007- 5-1 1.43 ERA 1.10 WHIP 1 SV 16 Hld 12.46 K/9
It wouldn't be a stretch to call him the most dominant reliever in baseball in 2007. He has absolutely flithy stuff, and is electric on the mound. If it wasn't for a bad LDS, he would be the obvious closer option. Although Lou may to try and save his arm as he is only 25 and has an akward delivery, which could cause future arm problems.
Kerry Wood 2007- 1-1 3.33 ERA 1.27 WHIP 0 SV 0 Hld 8.88 K/9
The longest tenured Cub is now forever a reliever. By no longer starting, the Cubs hope to limit the abuse on the elbow, as he will use the breaking ball less. He has all the stuff to be a closer, but hasn't shown yet that he can go back-to-back days. Surely the more time he spends in the pen, the more comfertable and dominant he will become. Definitely a closer option.
Micheal Wuertz 2007- 2-3 3.48 ERA 1.37 WHIP 0 SV 8Hld 9.83 K/9
People forget how good this slider-specialist is. In the last two years he has had ERA+ of 174 adn 134. Last year he ranked 2nd in the league in percentage of runners stranded. He would get a bigger role, if he wasn't the fifth right-handed option out of the pen. But I wouldn't be worried if he came in in a close game.
Scott Eyre (L) 2007- 2-1 4.13 ERA 1.80 WHIP 0 SV 5 Hld 7.74 K/9
The All-Star break was very very good to Eyre last year. Last year before the break he had a 6.60 ERA, after a .81 ERA...that's an insane difference. Probably best suited as a lefty specialist as he has a .233 BAA against lefties in the last 3 years.
Kevin Hart 2007- 0-0 .82 ERA 1.00 WHIP 0 SV 0 Hld 10.64 K/9
The Cubs minor league pitcher of the year in 2007 may give the Cubs something they lacked in 2007, a long reliever. He's young and has good stuff. Good option for spots starts.
I'll go through more relievers later