Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 06 May 2016 15:12:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rondon has a 0.87 ERA and 0.39 WHIP through 10 1/3 innings for the season, and he has converted all five of his save opportunities. It is a surprisingly low save total considering Chicago sits with a 22-6 record, though. Expect more tallies going forward, and Rondon could approach being a top-tier stopper before long.
Fri, 06 May 2016 15:05:03 -0700
Chicago Cubs SP John Lackey allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters during the Cubs' 8-6 win over the Washington Nationals Friday, May 6, and he registered his fourth win of the season.
Fantasy Tip: Lackey has been solid but unspectacular to start the season, but the 11 punchouts were impressive Friday. Expect him to continue chipping away at his ERA (currently 4.02) and padding the win column going forward. Lackey is a solid mid-rotation arm.
Fri, 06 May 2016 14:59:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: La Stella has impressed whenever he has been given an opportunity this season and currently sits with 10 runs, two home runs and six RBI with a .356/.420/.667 slash line through 45 at-bats. His playing time could increase given his solid play. He is worth a speculative add in deep mixed leagues and should be owned in all NL-only formats.
Fri, 06 May 2016 14:52:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zobrist has hit four home runs through his past three games with four runs and 11 RBI. He is a consistent hitter, but he is also capable of putting together these hot stretches. Start him confidently in all fantasy formats, and this nice run has him sitting with 20 runs, five home runs, 24 RBI and a .277/.398/.489 slash line for the season.
Fri, 06 May 2016 09:16:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Baez has a tough matchup against Max Scherzer, but he is off to a fast start. His .341-1-4 start makes him a decent DFS option at the right price.
Fri, 06 May 2016 09:14:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Soler is out for the third straight day, and his playing time is likely to continue to suffer. He's an NL-only option for now. Heyward got two at-bats yesterday, and he's 3-for-6 (.500) lifetime against Max Scherzer. However, he's not a great play today after a slow start and the layoff.
Thu, 05 May 2016 20:53:20 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (wrist) entered against the Washington Nationals in place of OF Dexter Fowler Thursday, May 5, after Fowler was ejected. Heyward was originally planning to return to the lineup Friday, May 6.
Fantasy Tip: Check on his status prior to Friday's game just to be sure, but it looks like Heyward should be safe to reinsert into starting lineups.
Thu, 05 May 2016 20:41:20 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With a prime spot in a powerful Chicago lineup, Zobrist should produce useful offensive numbers all year.
Thu, 05 May 2016 17:31:45 -0700
Updating a previous report, there is a possibility that Chicago Cubs C Miguel Montero (back) may not require a rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list. He had an impressive showing during batting practice Thursday, May 5, launching several home runs, according to manager Joe Maddon.
Fantasy Tip: Based on the positive reports surrounding his progress, it wouldn't be surprising to see Montero return to action after spending the minimum 15 days on the disabled list. He got off to a slow start at the plate this year and isn't worth stashing outside of NL-only, two-catcher and deep mixed leagues.
Thu, 05 May 2016 14:40:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero has had a slow start with just seven runs, a home run, six RBI and a .208/.316/.333 slash line. He shouldn't be stashed outside of cavernous mixed, two-catcher and NL-only leagues. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will continue to split starts behind the plate until Montero returns.
Thu, 05 May 2016 14:33:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: You're not taking Bryant out of your lineup in seasonal leagues, but daily players will want to consider spending up for the budding superstar at home when the Cubs face a right-handed hurler. Bryant is also currently riding a 10-game hitting streak with 11 runs, two bombs, 10 RBI and a 1.187 OPS. He is a ripe daily option Thursday.
Thu, 05 May 2016 14:00:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's fantasy value has been buoyed by his 13 runs, 13 RBI and four stolen bases because his .211 average and zero in the home run column have been incredibly disappointing to start the season. Don't forget, though, Heyward had just nine runs, two home runs, four RBI, a stolen base and a .217/.261/.349 slash line after the first month of the season last year, too. Be patient because better numbers are ahead. Stay tuned for updates.
Thu, 05 May 2016 12:49:49 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Soler hasn't made the most of his opportunity in left field, hitting only .185 (12-for-65) with two home runs and six RBI. As a result, he's lost playing time and is a candidate to drop in shallow mixed leagues. Kalish has battled his way back to the bigs and hasn't played since 2014 with the Cubs. He's a low-end option in daily games but could see more run if he plays well, at the expense of Soler.
Thu, 05 May 2016 12:47:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward (wrist) remains out of the starting lineup Thursday, May 5. 3B Kris Bryant moves to right field, while 3B Tommy La Stella is at the hot corner and is batting second against Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward's struggles and wrist injury are perplexing to his fantasy owners, and don't rule out the Cubs placing him on the DL to rest. Any more time that Heyward misses is beneficial to La Stella and Javier Baez, with Baez having the more fantasy upside because of his intriguing power-speed combination. La Stella has been productive, too (.297/.381/.514) and is a midrange DFS play against Ross.
Wed, 04 May 2016 16:41:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Heyward has missed the last few games with a wrist injury that has bothered him since a few weeks into the season. Perhaps that's why he's hitting only .211 with no home runs after the first month. If healthy, Heyward should turn things around in the middle of one of the majors' most dangerous lineups. You may want to take a wait-and-see approach with him when he returns, though.
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