#Cubs Strop gets a day at the beach

After Saturday’s game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said reliever Pedro Strop could take Sunday off and enjoy a day at the beach. When Strop walked into the clubhouse Sunday, he saw that Maddon wasn’t kidding.

In front of Strop’s locker was a plastic chaise set in a small blue swimming pool filled with sand. There was suntan lotion and a margarita-type drink with an umbrella waiting for Strop, although teammate Hector Rondon added a bucket of Presidente beers. Someone else draped some flower leis across the chair.

“I wanted to make it emphatic that he was not playing today,” Maddon said. “So, Strop is not available, he’ll be at the beach.”

There was reggae music playing in the clubhouse as well. Maddon got in the mood as well.

“I did listen to Jimmy Buffett on the way in,” he said.

Strop has struggled against the Cardinals, especially at Busch Stadium, where he has given up seven runs in two innings over five outings. He has an 11.05 ERA in 11 games this season against St. Louis. The right-hander entered in the ninth after the Cardinals had scored two runs and had the tying run on base. He struck out Jhonny Peralta, got Yadier Molina to hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4, and then got Stephen Piscotty to ground out.

The problem in St. Louis, Maddon said, was pitch selection.

“What he did yesterday was spectacular — that was not easy to do,” Maddon said. “I think what he did [Saturday], that’s the thing you’re looking for moving forward to have him feel better pitching against this team.”

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When, if ever, have three teams from the same division won 90 or more games?

Actually, in the Wild Card era, it has happened a number of times:
2013 NL Central: Cardinals (97 wins), Pirates (94), Reds (90)
2012 AL East: Yankees (95), Orioles (93), Rays (90)
2006 AL Central: Twins (96), Tigers (95), White Sox (90)
2002 NL West: D’Backs (98), Giants (95), Dodgers (92)
2002 AL West: A’s (103), Angels (99), Mariners (93)
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I’m guessing this year’s NL Central will join that list.

itll be the first time all 3 of those teams make the playoffs though…. which is great for us!

Great call Petrey10!

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