Where o’ where is the real John Grabow. After a productive 2nd half of the season after a midseason trade to the Cubs (30 games, 7 holds, 3.24 ERA and 1.24 WHIP), the Cubs made Grabow a priority as the veteran lefty presence in the Cubs bullpen for 2010. Grabow eventually agreed to a 2-year, $7 million deal to remain a Cub and Cubs brass was so thrilled to have the lefty back in the mix as the primary lefty set-up man for Closer Carlos Marmol.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, Grabow’s 2010 has started off on a major down note and he recently underwent an MRI to make sure that nothing was seriously wrong with his sore left knee. Grabow has made 15 appearances for the Cubs in 2010, but he has thrown just 11 2/3 innings. He is 0-2 with just 4 holds and 1 blown save. He has given up a whopping 19 hits and 6 walks (2 home runs) in the 11+ innings, and his ERA and WHIP have ballooned to 9.26 and 2.14, respectively. Ouch. He has given up at least 3 hits and 3 ER in 2 of his last 3 starts and he just can’t seem to find the right mix of pitches. The Cubs have decided to give the lefty a week off to rest his knee and the MRI revealed that there is no structural damage to the knee.
One positive to this “sad” story — Grabow made his 1st appearance this afternoon (since his May 7th appearance in which he gave up 3 ER) and he struck out the side in his 1 inning of work on just 13 pitches. We need some more outings like that from Grabow if the Cubs expect to make a push in 2010.