Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 05 May 2015 04:40:44 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Chris Denorfia (hamstring) aggravated a left hamstring strain Monday, May 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals and left the game. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Denorfia would likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) spent the first few weeks of the season on the DL before coming off, so this is a setback for him and the Cubs. Remove Denorfia as an option in your leagues and keep an eye on Junior Lake ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) for a source of low-cost outfield power.
Mon, 04 May 2015 15:39:22 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel (finger) is expected to make his next start after pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers with a cracked fingernail on his right middle finger Sunday, May 3. Hammel's next start is projected for Friday, May 8, against the Brewers.
Fantasy Tip: Hammel's ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) fastball command was noticeably off Sunday, so perhaps the fingernail played a part in the location problems. While had an excellent outing in his previous start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hammel needs to string together a few plus-showings before he can be relied on with confidence in any fantasy format.
Mon, 04 May 2015 14:25:09 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Molina in all fantasy formats Monda. This is likely just a routine day off for the backstop. Cruz ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has just 17 plate appearances this season which have yielded only three hits. Cap relief is his biggest FantasyScore asset, and daily players should aim higher.
Mon, 04 May 2015 14:13:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to remove Adams ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) from your fantasy lineups Monday. Facing a left-handed starter is a good time to provide Adams with a day off, as he is riding a 12-for-25 runs. Reynolds ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) is just 6-for-34 at the plate this season and has just two hits in his last 21 plate appearances. Reynolds is a risky FantasyScore play, albeit a cheap one.
Mon, 04 May 2015 13:29:38 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Peaks and valleys will be the norm for Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) this season. What is more surprising is he hasn't hit a home run. All said, he is currently has seven runs, 11 RBI, two stolen bases and a .278/.418/.370 slash line. Add a little pop at the expense of his on-base percentage going forward, and fantasy owners should be pleased with his production. Bryant has the makings of a high-risk, high-reward play all season long for FantasyScore players.
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:28:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Denforia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has been limited to just 20 plate appearances this season, but he has handled the stick well when given the opportunity -- .368/.400/.421 slash line. He could be a sneaky source of cap relief Monday for FantasyScore players. Although, he is far from risk free.
Mon, 04 May 2015 12:21:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Soler in daily contests Monday. His 38 strikeouts pace the league, and while his yearly numbers aren't awful (11 runs, two home runs, nine RBI and a .269/.337/.409 slash line), Soler has looked a little miffed at the plate of late. Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has been limited primarily to pinch-hitting duty, but at his cap hit, he could return nice value. He isn't without risk, though.
Sun, 03 May 2015 07:13:15 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel will start against a familiar opponent Sunday, May 3, when the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers. Hammel is one of two active pitchers with a 5-0 record against the Brewers. San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner is the only pitcher, with at least five starts against Milwaukee, to have a better ERA than Hammel.
Fantasy Tip: Hammel ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) has 23 strikeouts through 25 and one-third innings this season, and he is worthy of strong FantasyScore consideration, while offering some cap relief at the most important position.
Sat, 02 May 2015 15:19:30 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta allowed four earned runs on seven hits in five innings Saturday, May 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first time in 16 starts at Wrigley Field that he allowed more than three earned runs.
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta ($7,500, 15.0% of cap) was due for an off day, and it seemed like it happened against the Brewers. Owners should not worry, as he will likely rebound in his next start or two.
Sat, 02 May 2015 14:19:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) will eventually get untracked. MLB.com reporter Carrie Muskat points out Billy Williams took 79 at-bats and 29 games to hit his first homer, and he turned out fine. Bryant is up to stay barring a massive slump and is doing fine.
Sat, 02 May 2015 07:32:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has seen limited playing time this season but has gone 5-for-15 at the plate. Owner on FantasyScore should be able to find better options to use for their lineups.
Sat, 02 May 2015 07:27:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Coghlan ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) has picked up a hit in four of his last six games but only hitting .230, so he is receiving a day off. Chris Denorfia ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) is taking his place in the lineup but is not the best option for owners on FantasyScore.
Sat, 02 May 2015 07:26:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Soler ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) is on a bit of a cold streak with only two hits in his last seven games. Soler still is a solid starting option for owners on FantasyScore, but owners could also look for players who have had more success at the plate recently.
Fri, 01 May 2015 16:39:34 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Addison Russell cracked his first career home run Friday, May 1, against the Milwaukee Brewers, and it was all of the offense in a 1-0 win. "It feels good and it made it even more special because I'm home at Wrigley. Fans jumping up and down and hearing the crowd roar like that is an awesome feeling," Russell said.
Fantasy Tip: Russell is still hitting just .194 overall, but at just $2,200 (or 4.4% of cap) he is a good value in FantasyScore. It won't take much to exceed DFS salary expectations.
Fri, 01 May 2015 16:39:10 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester worked seven scoreless innings Friday, May 1, against the Milwaukee Brewers to earn his first victory. He allowed just three hits while walking only one and striking out four batters. Lester retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, earning his first win since Sept. 19, 2013, when he was with the Oakland Athletics.
Fantasy Tip: Lester went 0-2 with a 6.23 in his first month of the season, but he has recorded back-to-back quality starts and finally earned his first win. At $7,400 (or 14.8% of cap) he is still a little bit overpriced in FantasyScore, but if he starts pitching like this on a regular basis he will be underpriced before too long.
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