Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:05:24 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta ($8,700, 17.4% of cap) would not have enough time to rest in order to pitch again in this series. Arrieta likely will be an option for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series if the team makes it that far.
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:58:44 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Addison Russell (hamstring) likely would not be available if the team needs to play a Game 5 in their National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to head coach Joe Maddon.
Fantasy Tip: It is not known if Russell ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) will be sidelined for a while because of the injury, so owners should look for updates on his condition. Javier Baez ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) will start at shortstop while Russell is out and could be an option on FantasyScore.
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:30:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Baez ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) is a boom-or-bust FantasyScore play with a ton of power against John Lackey.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:31:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned for more updates on Russell ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) and whether he has a chance of playing in Game 4 tomorrow. If he's able to play, Russell is a fine shortstop pick on FantasyScore despite hitting low in the Cubs batting order on a regular basis.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:29:10 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Addison Russell (hand) left Game 3 of the division series against the St. Louis Cardinals early Monday, Oct. 12, after injuring his right hand sliding into third base head-first on a triple. 2B Javier Baez replaced him in the game.
Fantasy Tip: Losing Russell ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) for the rest of the series would be a huge blow to Chicago. Stay tuned on an update on his condition. Baez ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) has experience at shortstop but isn't as sound of a defender as Russell. Baez also has plenty of power but has more swing and miss to his game. If Russell needs to miss time, Baez has sleeper status in daily games for his power.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:18:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta ($8,700, 17.4% of cap) has been otherworldly dating back to the beginning of August with just four earned runs allowed over 13 starts during the span. He is a high-end FantasyScore option, especially considering his is pitching on his usual five days of rest.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:11:22 -0700
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is currently 0-for-10 through the first three playoff games. Chicago faces St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha in Game 3 of the National League Division Series Monday, Oct. 12.
Fantasy Tip: Rizzo ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) was one of the most consistent and reliable hitters in fantasy baseball all season, but his year-long owners should remember these mini slumps. The good news for FantasyScore players is Rizzo rarely landed in a prolonged funk, so expect a solid game from the first baseman Monday. He posted a .323/.432/.585 slash line over 81 plate appearances against the Cardinals during the regular season.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:17:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hammel ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) had a 3.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings this season. However, he struggled in three starts against St. Louis for an ERA of 5.73 in 11 innings. He's relatively cheap on FantasyScore if you want to go with an under-the-radar selection in your second pitching spot tomorrow.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:07:22 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler is starting in right field and is hitting second against St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha in Game 3 of the division series Monday, Oct. 12. OF Chris Coghlan will start on the bench.
Fantasy Tip: Soler ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is riding a high right now after carrying the Cubbies to the win in Game 2, and he's in a favorable lineup spot against Wacha, who has struggled to close out the season. Soler isn't a bad pick in one of your three outfield spots on FantasyScore.
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 11:16:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Motte has been sidelined by a strained right shoulder for nearly two months. He went 8-1 with six saves and a 3.91 ERA in 57 appearances during the regular season.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:20:33 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, two RBI, a run scored and two walks in a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Division Series Saturday, Oct. 10.
Fantasy Tip: Soler ($4,300, 10.6% of cap) struggled down the stretch of the regular season after returning from an injury, but the talented youngster possesses intriguing upside. For the price, he makes a decent low-priced gamble at FantasyScore when he is in the lineup.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:14:47 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 in a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Division Series Saturday, Oct. 10, and he is 3-for-34 with no RBI over his past nine games, including 0-for-11 with a walk in the first three games of the postseason.
Fantasy Tip: Bryant ($6,100, 12.2% of cap) is always one swing away from ending his slump, but in the meantime, he is a boom-or-bust option at FantasyScore.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:43:17 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Austin Jackson will bat sixth and play left field against St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia in Game 2 of the National League Division Series Saturday, Oct. 10. OF Chris Coghlan is not in the starting lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Jackson ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) draws the start in Game 2 because he hit .281 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 167 at-bats versus lefties in the regular season, while Coghlan ($4,400, 8.8% of cap) hit just .116 against southpaws. Jackson was on a hot streak at the plate to end the regular season, so he's definitely worthy of consideration for FantasyScore lineups tonight.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:43:17 -0700
Chicago Cubs C/OF Kyle Schwarber is not in the starting lineup against St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia in Game 2 of the National League Division Series Saturday, Oct. 10. OF Jorge Soler will bat second and play right field.
Fantasy Tip: Soler ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) hit .308 with a home run and four RBIs in 39 at-bats against the Cards during the regular season but he only hit .240 versus lefties and has never faced Garcia in his career. He is making his first start in nearly two weeks and is a somewhat risky play in FantasyScore Saturday.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:55:30 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Montero ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) was out of the lineup for Game 1 because David Ross serves as the personal catcher for Jon Lester and is worth considering as a value play in FantasyScore today. Montero hit .248 with 15 home runs and 53 RBIs in 113 regular-season games this year and is 2-for-2 in his career against Garcia with a solo home run.
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