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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||69.00||4.00||3.00||6.00||3.00||1.21||59.00||18.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 9.1||0||0|| 3.86||0||4||7|
|vs RHB|| 21.1||0||0|| 2.53||0||5||14|
|Last 10 Games|
Cubs P Jason Motte picks up save in win over Mets
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(6/30/15) Cubs pitcher Jason Motte recorded his third save of the season in Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Mets.
Motte pitched the ninth inning and struck out one batter. He didn't allow a hit or a walk. Motte now has an ERA of 3.03 this season.
Cubs P Jason Motte earns second save of season
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(6/22/15) Cubs pitcher Jason Motte picked up his second save of the season in Monday night's 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
Motte pitched the ninth inning and allowed two hits and one run. It was the first time he's allowed a run since May 15 against the Pirates. Motte now has a 3.42 ERA for the season.
Jason Motte save Sunday throws Cubs closer role into question
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/7/15) Joe Maddon declared Saturday that his removal of closer Hector Rondon from a save situation did not signal his loss of that role.
Well, Rondon did not come out to pitch the ninth for the Cubs on Sunday - he had already thrown a scoreless eighth. Jason Motte earned the save instead.
Since Pedro Strop finished the game Saturday, it remains to be seen which one of those three is now the closer or if Maddon is opting for a by-committee approach.
Motte, who won in relief Saturday and peaked in 2012 with 42 saves for St. Louis, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth Sunday. He has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances.
Cubs RP Jason Motte picks up relief win on Saturday
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/24/15) Cubs reliver Jason Motte (2-1) earned a win in relief in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Diamondbacks. Motte entered the bottom of the eighth inning with one away and managed to retire the two batters he faced. The Cubs put up three runs in their half of the ninth, which allowed Motte to pick up the win.
The hard-throwing right-hander lowered his season ERA to 4.76 and he has not been scored upon in his last four outings.
Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson earning Joe Maddon's trust
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/22/15) Cubs relief pitcher Edwin Jackson is slowly making the transition into a full-time reliever. With the adjustment to his game, manager Joe Maddon is noticing how well he's doing out of the bullpen, reports MLB.com.
"Jacks is starting to take to it," Maddon said.
Jackson has a perfect 0.00 ERA in five innings of work this season with three strikeouts and no walks. Maddon noted he hasn't used Jackson anymore than he normally would have and it has nothing to do with the struggles of Brian Schlitter and Jason Motte.
"I'm not saying you're not going to see Schlitter or Motte," Maddon said. "You always kind of like when it first starts out, you play it like it was first drawn up and don't try to make too many adjustments too soon until you need to try something differently. More than anything, I think Jackson has earned the right or opportunity to pitch in more opportune moments or more difficult moments for him."
|2014 summary: Like 2013, 2014 was a lost season for Jason Motte. He did make his return from Tommy John surgery in late May but clearly wasn't the same pitcher who recorded 42 saves with a 2.75 ERA in 2012, having lost about 3 mph on his fastball. He wouldn't be the first pitcher to be short on velocity after a quick return from the procedure. Rangers closer Neftali Feliz struggled with his velocity all year before finally regaining it late in September.|
Playing time status: Motte made only 29 appearances in the majors, also missing a month later in the year with a strained lower back, so he didn't really get that chance, but based on the contract they offered him this offseason, he at least has one believer in the Cubs. Though Hector Rondon performed adequately for them last season, they don't have what most would consider to be a proven closer, so if Motte is at full strength in spring training, he's a logical choice to assume that role.
2015 outlook: Prior to the injury, Motte was one of the best up-and-coming closers in the game, playing a pivotal role on two Cardinals playoff teams. Now, he's a $4.5-million gamble for a playoff hopeful. You'll want to keep close attention to him this spring because if he's back throwing in the high 90s, he could be a terrific sleeper in Fantasy.
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