Wick allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while retiring just two batters in Sunday's win over the Brewers. Wick got the ninth inning in a non-save situation with the Cubs up 6-2, but he quickly got into trouble and ended up getting pulled with the bases loaded and two runs already coming across. Michael Rucker then recorded the final out to earn his first career MLB save. Wick has now had consecutive rough outings, as he allowed four runs to take a blown save and the loss Friday. He's still the team's primary closer for now, though manager David Ross may turn to some other options to finish the season.
Wick (0-1) allowed four runs on three hits and two walks over 0.2 innings and took the loss Friday against the Brewers. He did strike out two batters in the outing. Wick entered to begin the eighth trying to protect a one-run lead and failed in his pursuit. The right-hander struck out two of the first three batters he faced but couldn't finish the job. He allowed a base hit to knot the game at five and then loaded the bases before Kolten Wong drove in two more. Wick was then relieved of his duties and was charged with another run after the Brewers capitalized on a wild pitch from Dillon Maples. Friday's meltdown was pretty uncharacteristic of Wick, who came in with five straight scoreless appearances and had 12:2 K:BB over that span. The 28-year-old now owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 24:8 K:BB over 17.1 innings. He should still be the top option to close for the Cubs despite Friday's ugly outcome.
Wick struck out the side to record the save in Tuesday's win over the Phillies. Wick needed 15 pitches (11 for strikes) to mow down the Phillies in order and record his fourth save of the season. Three of those saves have come this month, as Wick seems to be picking up steam after making a belated season debut Aug. 10 due to an oblique injury. Based on recent results, it looks like the 28-year-old has emerged as the team's top option at closer, with Codi Heuer and Manuel Rodriguez also in the mix.
Wick fired two scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season Sunday against the Pirates. He did not allow a hit but walked and struck out two batters each. Wick took the mound in the eighth with a three-run lead and was able to hold the Pirates off the board the rest of the way. He pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning and then worked around two walks in the ninth to close it out. Wick has picked up all three of his saves over his last four appearances since Aug. 31 and owns a 3.09 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB over 11.2 innings since returning from the 60-day injured list Aug. 10.
Wick struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save in Friday's 6-5 win over Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old's clean inning was a solid bounce-back effort after he blew a save Thursday against this same Pittsburgh team. Wick has a 3.72 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB across 9.2 innings this season while adding two saves, a hold and a blown save. He's worked his way into the Cubs' closer committee for the final month of the season.
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