Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:49:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Soler will return to a crowded outfield, and despite his potential, he will be tough to justify owning outside of NL-only leagues.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:11:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Chicago blew open a tight game in the bottom of the eighth, but they still took the opportunity to give Chapman some work. The power southpaw touched 103 on the gun and overmatched the White Sox hitters he faced. Chapman is an elite closer and must-own in all formats.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:03:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It's not as if you were going to bench the MVP candidate, but it's still nice to see some pop from Bryant after 10 of his 12 hits since the All-Star break were singles heading into play on Wednesday.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:57:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Russell hasn't been an elite producer this season, but his 60 RBI are fifth-best among major-league shortstops, and he's currently enjoying his best month of 2016: .288-4-19 in 80 July ABs. He's a quality deep-mixed option and marginal starter in standard leagues.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:53:01 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hammel has allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts and just logged his third consecutive "W." He has been a consistent performer this season and is someone that should be a fixture in your fantasy rotation.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:04:52 -0700
Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners OF Nelson Cruz (leg) was given the game off Wednesday, July 27, after fouling a ball off his left leg Tuesday, July 26, according to manager Scott Servais. Servais noted Cruz is available to pinch hit Wednesday and will return to the lineup against the Chicago Cubs Friday, July 29.
Fantasy Tip: Don't fret the injury, and be ready to return Cruz to your lineups Friday. Reiterating a previous tip, the slugger has been as advertised this season with 25 home runs and 66 RBI.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:41:55 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward is batting seventh, and C Miguel Montero is batting fifth against Chicago White Sox SP Anthony Ranaudo Wednesday, July 27. Cubs OF/C Willson Contreras is not in the starting lineup Wednesday.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward has been a total bust for the Cubs and sits with an underwhelming .228/.315/.315 slash line for the season. He's not a viable starter outside of deep mixed and NL-only settings. Montero is receiving more playing time of late and has a .346 on-base percentage since the All-Star break, but he's still nothing more than a low-end fantasy option in deep leagues. Contreras is worth owning universally.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:46:09 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Through three starts with the Pale Hose, Shields was 0-2 with a 21.81 ERA. In seven starts since, he's 3-3 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The veteran's strikeouts are way down with the ChiSox (24 in 48 IP), but those ratios give Shields some appeal in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:38:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, July 26. He surrendered a run in the first, ending his string of consecutive scoreless innings at 19 1/3. Hendricks walked two and struck out seven in the loss.
Fantasy Tip: Not only was Hendricks' scoreless steak stopped at 19 1/3, his win streak ended at five as he lost for the first time since June 13. That being said, Hendricks still struck out seven and is one of the better fantasy pitchers out there. Make sure he's in your lineup next time he takes the bump.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:29:35 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) needs just nine or 10 additional at-bats for Class AAA Iowa before returning to the parent club according to manager Joe Maddon. Soler has been on the DL since June 7.
Fantasy Tip: Soler posted a soft .223-5-13 line in semi-regular playing time prior to getting hurt, and he'll be rejoining a crowded Cubs outfield whenever he returns. He should be stashed in NL-only leagues. Beyond that, you're just hoping he catches fire and writes his name into the lineup more often.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:42:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The presence of a DH has thrown off the lineup a bit. Kris Bryant is the DH and Tommy LaStella is at third, for example. Montero is hitting .204-5-21 and doesn't carry much fantasy value in place of Contreras.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:20:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: What has happened to Arrieta? That is the major question that many fans would love to know. You're almost afraid to take him out of the lineup for fear the Arrieta of the first half will re-emerge and leave you hanging. But it's clear something isn't right. It's likely just a midseason slump, so let Arrieta work through it and then stick him back in your lineup.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:13:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Baez is at .285-9-33 with eight stolen bases, and he joins the litany of Cubs that are worth their weight in gold in daily and regular formats. He plays often enough to merit consideration in both.
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