Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:41:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon's slider has improved and made his fastball more effective, according to manager Rick Renteria. Rondon has allowed two earned runs over eight innings in his last nine appearances. Renteria noted Rondon's slider was flatter and as fast as his fastball earlier in the season. "The last couple of days, all of us have noticed him using the slider a little more effectively and it's got more depth. He's been working on it," Renteria said. Renteria believes Rondon has the potential to be a consistent closer.
Fantasy Tip: After a horrid nine-game stretch in June, when Rondon allowed nine runs over 8 2/3 innings, his recent form is encouraging. Renteria's endorsement and commitment to Rondon makes him a most-own closer in the majority of formats.
Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:16:46 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon (elbow) could return to action as soon as Sunday, June 15.
Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:47:12 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon (elbow) said his injured elbow felt good during a bullpen session Saturday, June 14. Rondon felt soreness in the elbow earlier in the week.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:25:02 -0700
The Chicago Cubs activated RP Hector Rondon from the paternity list Tuesday, June 3, and designated RP Jose Veras for assignment in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Rondon should immediately return to the closer role. Make sure he's back in your starting lineups.
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:45:12 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon (personal) is expected to return to the team when they begin their series with the New York Mets this week.
Fri, 30 May 2014 15:25:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez will serve as the team's closer with RP Hector Rondon out Friday, May 30.
Fantasy Tip: Ramirez could be the closer for however many days Rondon is out. Grab Ramirez off the waiver wire for the next few days if you're desperate for saves.
Fri, 30 May 2014 12:02:54 -0700
The Chicago Cubs placed RP Hector Rondon on the paternity list Friday, May 30, and activated RP Pedro Strop (groin) from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Rondon will miss a few days at minimum, so prepare for his absence. Considering Strop just returned, it remains to be seen if they'll trust him in a save situation right away with Rondon out. Your best bet for grabbing a cheap save over the next few days is with Neil Ramirez.
Mon, 05 May 2014 14:21:02 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria said RP Hector Rondon is not available to pitch Monday, May 5, because he's pitched in the last four games.
Fantasy Tip: Remove Rondon from your lineups in daily leagues. If a save situation arises, it could be Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez or even Wesley Wright who receives the save chance, depending on matchups Monday.
Mon, 05 May 2014 09:29:05 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon was saddled with the loss after allowing a game-winning single in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 4, and manager Rick Renteria made it clear that he wanted to stick with Rondon in a tie ballgame. "In the end, with the strength of Hector, regardless of who he's facing, lefty or righty, it's a good match for him," Renteria said. RP Wesley Wright was warming in the bullpen to face Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter, but Renteria chose to stick with Rondon. Wright appears to have passed RP James Russell as the high-leverage lefty in the bullpen. Rondon said he felt strong despite pitching in his fourth game in the last five days.
Fantasy Tip: The outing was disappointing for Rondon owners, but the silver lining here is the fact that Renteria trusts Rondon as his closer, even in a tied game and facing a left-handed hitter. It cements the notion that he's the unquestioned man for the ninth inning right now in Chicago.
Sat, 03 May 2014 15:21:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon recorded his second save in as many days Saturday, May 3.
Fantasy Tip: The team hasn't named a closer, but it's safe to say he's their guy for now. Pick him up in all formats.