The Chicago Cubs will have a new closer on Tuesday according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Kevin Gregg blew his sixth game of the year and Lou Piniella finally decided that was enough.
Gregg served up his Major League leading third game ending home run and his fifth longball in August. Gregg was told he was tipping his pitches after blowing back-to-back games in Miami, but he is not fooling anyone right now … or missing any bats.
Lou Piniella did not indicate who would be closing games beginning on Tuesday. From the Tribune:
Gregg stared into his locker for a long time after the game, and blamed himself for failing to do the job.
“It’s just making stupid mistakes,” Gregg said. “Seeing something in a hitter and not executing it when you see it. Knowing a game plan you have for a hitter, and not doing it. That’s basically it.”
“Of course,” he said. “Two outs, you’re right there. You’re one pitch away from getting out of that inning.”
Gregg says he hasn’t lost his confidence.
“Yeah, I still believe in my stuff,” he said
Kevin Gregg’s twelve home runs allowed leads the majors in longballs served up by closers. With a team that struggles to score runs, the bullpen cannot blow leads for the remainder of the season.
At six games out, the Cubs have a very tough road ahead … and there could be more reactionary changes on the way.
Stay Tuned …