Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 06:33:43 -0700
Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon allowed one hit and struck out one batter without allowing a run in the ninth inning of the Cubs' 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to earn his 15th save of the season Friday, July 31.
Fantasy Tip: Rondon has now converted the save in each of the Cubs last three games, and it appears he is back in the closer role. Over his past 29 appearances and 28 innings, Rondon has a 0.32 ERA with 24 strikeouts, and it was a bit surprising he lost closing duties to begin with. He isn't the most secure closer in the league, but he pitches for a team that'll provide plenty of opportunities. Rondon should be owned in all fantasy formats.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:57:40 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel picked up his seventh straight win over the Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-1 win Friday, July 31. It was Hammel's first victory in two months. He allowed a run on six hits over 5 2-3 innings to beat the Brewers for the second time this season and improve to 6-5 overall.
Fantasy Tip: Hammel ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) improved to 7-0 in nine starts against Milwaukee and picked up his first victory since June 6. You won't get starts like this very often from Hammel, but he has a 5-3 record and 3.17 ERA away from Wrigley Field.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:44:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Haren ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) posted a 3.42 ERA over 129 innings with a 6.1 K/9 for Miami this season. So while his lack of strikeouts limit his upside, Haren has kept hitters in check with veteran savvy and stands as a serviceable No. 2 starter for FantasyScore players in favorable matchups. The Pirates don't exactly qualify, though.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:11:01 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This would be a shocking move, as Wood just landed with Los Angeles Thursday, July 30. Continue to check back for updates, but regardless of whether Wood stays with the Dodgers or is dealt to the Cubs, it should be viewed as an upgrade on starting for the Braves.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:02:11 -0700
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco is drawing interest from the Chicago Cubs as they look to upgrade their starting pitching at the trade deadline. Carrasco has 140 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings this year and is living up to his prospect hype. He's also signed through 2018 with two team options for 2019 and 2020, which makes him more attractive.
Fantasy Tip: Now that the Cubs have traded for Dan Haren, it seems unlikely that they'd also go after Carrasco ($7,200, 14.4% of cap), who is coveted by other teams, too. Carrasco could see his fantasy value boosted if he is traded to a contender. Stay tuned.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:43:26 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Haren ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) should slide into Chicago's rotation as the No. 5 starter after this move. The veteran righty isn't striking out many batters (6.1 K/9), but he was serviceable for the Fish with a 3.42 ERA in 21 starts (129 innings), and he can be a dependable matchup play on FantasyScore at a cheap price, especially now that he'll have a better offense backing him.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:18:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ross ($7,700, 15.4% of cap) would be leaving a very pitching-friendly environment at Petco Park for the friendly confines of Wrigley. A potential move to Chicago could be seen to slightly negatively affect his fantasy value, but he'd also be pitching for a better offensive squad.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:02:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) was hitting .230, with 10 home runs, 19 runs scored and 32 RBI before sustaining an injury. FantasyScore owners will need to see some positive results upon his eventual return before investing.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:59:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) is extremely optimistic, but it doesn't mean the Cubs will rush him off the disabled list. There also are some potential playing time concerns for Montero, as Kyle Schwarber ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) has been tearing the cover off the ball whenever given an opportunity. This is a situation to monitor, but Montero's seasonal value is on the decline.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:28:12 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler has a .417 batting average (5-for-12) with three doubles and a home run over his career against Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson. Nelson is starting against Chicago Thursday, July 30.
Fantasy Tip: Past success isn't a direct indicator of future success, especially with such a small sample size. However, Soler ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) has been showing signs of busting out, and he won't break the bank at FantasyScore. He is worth considering if his price fits your lineup assembly strategy.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:24:20 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It will be Schwarber's ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) third appearance and second start in the outfield this season, and while adding the eligibility won't be a fantasy difference maker, proving he can handle the position will help him obtain at-bats. His bat is tough to keep out of the lineup at this point, as he owns a .357/.446/.589 slash line over 65 plate appearances. He is a high-end catcher option in all fantasy formats, including FantasyScore.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:14:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($5,400, 10.8% of cap) is due for a night off, and he hasn't been at his best in July with a .176/.276/.385 slash line. Coghlan ($3,000, 6.0% of cap), meanwhile, has picked up his play over the past 50 games (38 starts) and boasts a .291/.395/.444 slash line with 20 runs, four home runs, 13 RBI and five stolen bases. He is a low-priced flier for FantasyScore contests Thursday.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:35:09 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Castro's ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) Jekyll and Hyde act has been a hindrance to his value for fantasy owners and the Cubs. Still, the 25-year-old shortstop already has 937 hits at the major league level and owns a .279 career batting average. He'll never significantly tip the scales in the speed and power columns, but it would be foolish to write off Castro this early in his career. A change of scenery might help his 2015 value, too.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:57:14 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester allowed two runs, five hits and a walk over eight innings Wednesday, July 29, against the Colorado Rockies. He also came within one of his career best by striking out 14 Rockies in the victory.
Fantasy Tip: After a dismal 4-8 start, Lester ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) has won back-to-back decisions for the first time since mid-May, and he has lasted at least seven innings in each of his six July starts. He is 2-2 in the month with a 1.66 ERA while striking out 50 batters over 43 1/3 innings. He's back, FantasyScore owners, so take advantage.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:46:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) isn't worth stashing in the majority of formats, as it is unknown how playing time will be divided when he returns. His timetable is still unknown, too. It is a situation to monitor, and Kyle Schwarber ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) will likely receive the biggest fantasy value hit when Montero rejoins the team.
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