Player News - Cubs

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Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Jason Heyward isn't playing, either, with the Giants throwing lefty Derek Holland. The Cubs have Ian Happ, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist in their outfield, with Zobrist batting leadoff.
May 25 - 10:14 AM

Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk during Wednesday's loss to the Indians.

He led off the seventh inning with a double and advanced to third on a Willson Contreras single. He was then thrown out at home plate trying to score on a bunt fielded by the pitcher. The Cubs managed just three hits all night in this pitchers' duel. Rizzo is slowly trying to work his stats back up to a decent level but it just isn't happening fast enough for his fantasy owners. He has a .207 batting average with six homers and 30 RBI.
May 24 - 1:03 AM

Jon Lester took a tough loss after allowing just one run in seven innings against the Indians on Wednesday.

He surrendered an RBI-single to Michael Brantley in the third inning and that was all it took to ruin his day. The veteran southpaw struck out four batters against one walk and four knocks -- all singles. He falls to 4-2 with a sensational 2.37 ERA after 10 starts. He'll hope for better luck against the Pirates on Tuesday.
May 24 - 12:55 AM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ is starting in center field and batting leadoff for the Cubs on Wednesday against the Indians.

Happ didn't start Tuesday but came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit homer for the Cubs' only run. It earned him not only a start in center field but a spot atop the lineup for the first time since April 17.
May 23 - 3:20 PM

Tyler Chatwood walked six and was charged with four runs over just 2 2/3 innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.

Chatwood said after his last start when he only walked two that he thought he had figured something out, but clearly he was mistaken. He’s now issued 40 free passes over 45 2/3 innings on the season and has walked five-plus in six of nine starts. Chatwood’s saving grace is that he’s been able to avoid the longball this season, but it hurt him in this one when he served up a three-run shot to Jose Ramirez. He gets the Pirates on the road next.
May 22 - 11:15 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ ripped a pinch-hit home run for the Cubs' lone tally Tuesday against the Indians.

Happ didn't get the start against Trevor Bauer, but he came off the bench to take Josh Tomlin deep to lead off the ninth inning. That made the score 10-1 Indians, though, and that's how it ended. Happ has now homered in three of his last four games, but it's still hard to trust him in fantasy leagues with his inconsistent playing time and all of his strikeouts.
May 22 - 11:07 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

The outfield for the Cubs against Trevor Bauer and the Indians will be Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora, and Ben Zobrist getting a start in right. Happ has struck out 54 times in 39 games, but still is slashing .254/.361/.509 with seven homers.
May 22 - 2:24 PM

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a homer and scored two runs on Sunday in a win over the Reds.

Zobrist also drew a walk, which helps raise his on-base percentage to .382 on the season. The homer came off of Tyler Mahle, and it was a solo shot in the fifth inning to give him two on the season. He's now slashing .290/.382/.402 to go along with the two homers and 11 RBI in 33 games.
May 20 - 4:30 PM

Brandon Morrow struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds on Sunday.

Morrow doesn't get the save since the Cubs were up by five, but it was still a very strong outing for the Chicago stopper. His ERA now sits at 1.13 on the 2018 season, and he has a strong 0.96 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in as many innings in his first year with the Cubs.
May 20 - 4:27 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a victory over the Reds.

Schwarber's blast gives him eight on the season, and it came off of Tyler Mahle with a runner on in the second inning. Schwarber isn't hitting for average (.248 so far in 2018), but he's getting on base at a .382 clip, and his .496 slugging percentage is solid as well.
May 20 - 4:24 PM

Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a win over the Reds.

The homer is the 11th of the season for Baez, and it was a solo shot off of Tyler Mahle in the second inning. The dynamic second baseman has certainly hit for power this year as seen in that number and his .565 slugging percentage, but his .268 average and .299 on-base percentage leave a lot to be desired. Expect more hits to drop for the 26-year-old, and don't expect a huge drop off in power. He's very talented.
May 20 - 4:19 PM

Yu Darvish allowed just one run on two hits while striking out seven in a 6-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Darvish struggled out of the gate with his command, and it didn’t look like it would be a long outing for the right-hander after he allowed a run in a laboring first. He didn’t give up a run for the rest of the game, and he kept the Cincinnati lineup off balance all afternoon. The strong start lowers Darvish’s ERA to 4.95, and the seven strikeouts give him 49 in 40 innings. He’ll be back on the bump on Sunday against the Giants.
May 20 - 4:15 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosario threw two scoreless innings in a relief appearance Saturday in his Cubs debut. His reward is a trip back to the minors.
May 20 - 10:47 AM

Kris Bryant is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

Bryant played both legs of a doubleheader Saturday, so he'll get a breather. Ian Happ is at third base. Addison Russell is also sitting out, as Javy Baez is at shortstop and Ben Zobrist is covering second base.
May 20 - 10:38 AM

Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly in Saturday's win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rizzo doubled in the fifth inning, doubling the Cubs' score to boot and putting the road team up 4-0. The two-bagger was just his fourth of what's been a dreadful season to date. He's had a nice weekend series against the Reds, at least, collecting a pair of hits in Friday's win and picking up doubles in each game of Saturday's doubleheader. It's been a mostly miserable year for Rizzo -- hitting just .203/.300/.362 with six home runs and 28 RBI across 133 at-bats -- but he did miss some time with a back injury in April and hopefully this weekend series can get him going as we head toward Memorial Day.
May 19 - 11:21 PM


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