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Raisel Iglesias Is Emerging As An Elite Closer

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Closer A: 63.1 IP/ 24/25 Save Opportunities/ 80 K/ 24 BB/ 1.85 ERA/ 1.08 WHIP

Closer B: 43.2 IP/ 26/26 Save Opportunities/ 58 K/ 24 BB/ 2.27 ERA/ 1.19 WHIP

If you were a General Manger for a contender, which closer would you rather have?

Closer A is Raisel Iglesias, closer for the Cincinnati Reds. His team currently sits 5th in the National League Central with a record of 54-74.

Closer B is Wade Davis, closer for the Chicago Cubs. His team currently sits 1st in the National League Central with a record of 68-58.

To a casual baseball fan, those numbers may be a bit of a surprise. But to Reds fans, they are only a confirmation of what has been an incredible year for the Cuban flamethrower.

Iglesias has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreadful Reds pitching staff. The 27 year old is excelling in his new role in the Reds bullpen. In his first full season as the closer, Iglesias has converted 24 of his 25 save opportunities, posting a very impressive 1.85 ERA. He has a nearly 4 to 1 K/BB ratio, striking out 80 and walking only 24.

Iglesias has shown that he is not just a one inning closer, as he has totaled 63.1 IP in 53 games. Stamina not being an issue, Reds manager Bryan Price is not afraid to use Iglesias for a 6 out save, or work him 3 days in a row.

Iglesias is a revelation at the closer position. A former starter, Iglesias was moved to the bullpen due to multiple shoulder injuries. The Reds had struggled to fill the void at the closer position after the trade of Aroldis Chapman. Guys such as JJ Hoover and Tony Cingrani failed to turn into quality closers, and the Reds desperately needed someone to step up.

The comparisons to the aforementioned Chapman do not stop there for Iglesias. Both flamethrowers were signed out of Cuba as international free agents by the Reds. The organization had planned to make both of them starters, but due to lack of efficiency at the end of games, both were placed into the closer role.

Iglesias has made a flawless transition into the closer’s role. The Opening Day starter for the Reds in 2016, Iglesias has shown versatility for the Reds. Now, it appears, the Reds have found a slot for the right hander, and he shows absolutely no signs of relinquishing it.

 

 

 

 

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat)

In corresponding moves, the Cubs transferred starting pitcher Yu Darivish to the 6-day disabled list and left-hander Randy Rosario, who has pitched to a 3.00 ERA so far this season, was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week after struggling to a 4.63 ERA this season.

 

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