Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:52:23 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (ankle) is expected to avoid the disabled list after suffering a mild ankle sprain Thursday, April 28. Bryant is not in the starting lineup Friday, April 29, and he could be out for a few days.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant is a top-tier fantasy third baseman. It looks like he avoided serious injury, but be prepared to be without him for at least several days. Javier Baez should've already been owned in the majority of leagues for his power-speed combo and positional eligibility, and Tommy La Stella could fill in occasionally at the hot corner in the meantime.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:34:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Baez draws the start over streaking Tommy La Stella. Baez is hitting .308 with a homer in 26 at-bats this year and isn't a bad flyer against Aaron Blair in his second career start. Zobrist is hitting .308 with three RBI the last seven days. He's a decent midrange start today.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:04:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Tommy La Stella is 5-for-8 (.625) with a homer the last seven days. He doesn't do a lot of damage, but he figures to see more at-bats in the short term. He could be a low-end daily flyer.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:23:40 -0700
Updating previous reports, Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of one to two days after suffering a mild ankle sprain against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, April 28. The results of a precautionary MRI exam have not yet been revealed and he is scheduled to undergo another evaluation Friday, April 29.
Fantasy Tip: Manager Joe Maddon said he will not speculate on how much time Bryant could miss overall until he has received more information from the club's medical staff. If he is out for an extended period, INFs Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella could wind up splitting time at the hot corner, with Baez having the greater amount of fantasy upside. Keep checking back for updates on Bryant's status.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:33:51 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With this performance, Zobrist now has 10 RBI to go with a .257 batting average thus far. It doesn't look spectacular, but if not for a 0-for-18 slump earlier this month, his overall stat line would look a lot better. The veteran utility man is capable of providing more consistency as the season rolls on.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:28:56 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta only went five innings in his start Thursday, April 28, against the Milwaukee Brewers, yielding one run on three hits and four walks, but he also struck out six, en route to improving to 5-0 on the year.
Fantasy Tip: Not the sharpest of performances from the reigning NL Cy Young award winner, but Arrieta was decent enough here to pick up the victory. In the process, his ERA went up to an even 1.00, but owners won't have any complaints with that. Simply put, the 30-year-old seems to have picked up from where he left off during his historic 2015 campaign, and continues to be one of the best starters in all of fantasy. His owners should be loving it every time he toes the rubber.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:07:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Reiterating previous tips, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella project to spell Bryant at third base for the duration of his absence, which appears to be a given at this point. Check back for confirmation of the severity of Bryant's ankle sprain and his expected return timeline.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:36:36 -0700
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant (ankle) rolled his ankle running the bases during the third inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, April 28, which is why he left the game. He was treated by the training staff.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant may miss a game or two, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Reiterating a previous tip, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella are candidates to spell Bryant at the hot corner if he misses time. Stay tuned for updates.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:18:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It was likely just a precautionary exit, but you'll want to stay tuned for updates on Bryant. Should Bryant miss time, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella project to split time at third base.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:05:03 -0700
Chicago Cubs C Miguel Montero (back) is expected to return from the disabled list in two weeks, according to manager Joe Maddon. Montero is dealing with lower back tightness, and his DL stint is retroactive to April 25, so he can return as soon as May 10. Montero was hitting .208 with one home run and six RBI in 13 games.
Fantasy Tip: Montero is off to a slow start, so you may need to drop him in some mixed leagues in favor of better options. But he still carries value in those deeper mixed and two-catcher setups as Chicago's primary backstop in a potent offense. David Ross should see the majority of starts, but he's a low-end option with no offensive upside.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:16:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: He's a name to watch in NL-only leagues for now. He's hitting .375 in 56 at-bats at Class AAA Iowa. He doesn't have a ton of pop, but he had a .333-8-75 line at Class AA last season. He's a stash in keeper leagues as well.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:09:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: David Ross will likely split catching duties with Federowicz, but neither have much fantasy appeal. Place Montero on your DL until he returns.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:38:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: La Stella is hitting .364 without a lot of damage. He's a low-end consideration against Taylor Jungmann without a ton of upside.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:35:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ross usually catches Jake Arrieta, so Montero could be back Friday. Ross isn't a potent enough bat to start against Taylor Jungmann.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:03:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta is coming off of a no-hitter last time out, and he faces another ultra-favorable matchup here. The Brewers just 6-20 in their past 26 against the Cubs, and 1-8 in Taylor Jungmann's past nine starts, while going 0-9 in his past nine road outings. Arrieta and the Cubs should be in line for an easy victory.
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