Updated Outlook: Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals Rivalry

Set-up men and Closers


Jordan Walden (2.88 ERA, 3 saves, 20 holds in 2014 with Braves)

Trevor Rosenthal (3.20 ERA, 45 saves in 2014)


Pedro Strop (2.21 ERA, 2 saves, 22 holds in 2014)

Hector Rondon (2.42 ERA, 29 saves in 2014)

Analysis: The Cubs were in limbo with their bullpen for much of the beginning of the season. Of course there isn’t exactly a word to describe Trevor Rosenthal as a closer, dominant but shaky is a phrase that comes to mind though. That being said he still hit 45 saves and helped the Cardinals secure many wins. The addition of Jordan Walden gives the Cardinals a solid eighth inning man to set up Rosenthal, who hopes to be more trustworthy in 2015. The Cubs meanwhile, are still unsure if they like what they have, but are still stuck nonetheless.

Advantage: Cardinals

The Cardinals win here based solely on performance. Rosenthal was shaky but 45 saves is impressive, and Walden is a rock. The Cubs are simply weaker here.

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