Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:35:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: After a poor debut Bryant is picking up the pace and living up to the hype, hitting at a .429 clip with four RBIs during the early days of his career. At $4,400 (or 8.8% of cap) he is a decent mid-level play.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:09:02 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Russell has been playing second base in the minors, and it might be a spot for him in the short term with Tommy La Stella on the 15-day disabled list and Starlin Castro entrenched at short. Itís an exciting time for fantasy owners in keeper leagues, as the Cubs first recalled Kris Bryant and now Russell. For FantasyScore purposes, let Russell get his feet wet before plugging him into your lineup.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:08:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Baez was off to a rough spring training, which led to him starting the year in the minors. An unfortunate set of circumstances landed him on the bereavement list, and it's looking like it could take a while for him to earn a promotion back to the bigs. Addison Russell is taking grounders at second at Iowa, leading us to believe that he'll be up in the majors before Baez in 2015. Baez should only be stashed in NL-only leagues at this point.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:49:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Starting pitchers are especially at risk when there are weather delays because it often interrupts their warmup routines. At this point, there are no indications that either Jake Arrieta ($7,000, 14.0% of cap) or A.J. Burnett ($4,500, 9.0% of cap) will be impacted by the delay, though.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:25 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Russell is a top-tier prospect, and Chicago doesn't have an incumbent who can match his talent. Taking a flier in deep mixed leagues sooner than later in anticipation of a recall isn't out of the question. Through 37 minor league at-bats, Russell has seven runs, a home run, seven RBI and a .297/.308/.432 slash line. Continue to monitor the situation and check back for updates.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:56:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kang ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) has a single hit and walk through his first 11 plate appearances this season. While there is upside, it would be nice to see him put together a solid night at the plate before taking a leap of faith in FantasyScore contests.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:41:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA (eight earned runs in 23 innings) in his career against the Pittsburgh Pirates in four starts. The Cubs have won each of his four career starts against the Bucs.
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta ($7,000, 14.0% of cap) would be a solid FantasyScore pitching selection if the weather holds up at pitcher-friendly PNC Park Monday night. He's worth paying up for while going against the reeling Bucs if rain doesn't get in the way.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:41:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Castro ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) makes for a strong FantasyScore play today against Burnett, if the weather holds up. Check back closer to game time to make sure rain won't play a factor in this one before clicking on Castro.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:13:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut against the San Diego Padres Friday, April 17. He was hitting cleanup and starting at third base. Bryant said he had only three hours of sleep before his debut Friday. He was hitting .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 28 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa before his call-up. Cubs executive Theo Epstein said Bryant wouldn't have been brought up had 3B Mike Olt (wrist) not landed on the disabled list.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) looked overmatched and may have been pressing in his MLB debut Friday. If you had been stashing him in standard fantasy leagues, you'll want him in your starting lineups immediately. At FantasyScore, you may want to hold off and let him get his feet wet in the bigs first. A matchup against Padres starter Tyson Ross tomorrow could be another tough day for the youngster.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:31:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Herrera ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is a weak-hitting utility infielder that should be ignored at FantasyScore, especially while hitting at the bottom of the lineup against an ace like Shields.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:46:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Bryant enters the fold with possibly the most hype since Bryce Harper came up in 2012. Give him a game or two to get his feet wet on FantasyScore.
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:32:37 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Olt was already a shaky play at FantasyScore because of his poor batting average, and he heads to the disabled list just in time for Kris Bryant to be called up. If Bryant performs at the level he is expected to, Olt may not have many at-bats waiting when he recovers.
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:36:08 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant will be called up Friday, April 17. The Cubs will begin a home series against the San Diego Padres Friday, with RHP James Shields expected to start the series opener for the Padres.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant hit .333 with two home runs in 29 plate appearances through just six games for Class AAA Iowa. Bryant should be owned in every league and will be a popular play in FantasyScore right away. After a jaw-dropping spring training run, there seems to be little reason to not invest in Bryant immediately, but owners should be looking for lesser owned assets in GPP games.
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:27:40 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant is hitting .333 in six minor league games with Triple-A Iowa with two home runs to start the year. The first day he can be promoted to the majors so that the Cubs can pick up an extra year of service time on him would be Friday, April 17. 3B Mike Olt (wrist) is dealing with an injured right wrist and 2B Tommy La Stella (rib cage) just landed on the disabled list. Cubs third basemen are hitting a combined .125 with a .472 OPS and one extra-base hit.
Fantasy Tip: It would not be a shock to see Bryant called up at the end of this week for offensive reinforcement in Chicago. He's a popular pick as the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015, and he has heaps of upside and monster power potential. He'll be a popular play at FantasyScore when he arrives on the scene.
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:23:48 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt (wrist) is still not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 15. 2B Arismendy Alcantara is starting at third base and is hitting seventh in the batting order against Cincinnati Reds SP Jason Marquis.
Fantasy Tip: Alcantara ($2,500, 5.0% of cap) brings an exciting mix of power and speed as an infielder, and he should be considered a nice sleeper choice at second base at FantasyScore against Marquis.
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