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54 Neil Ramirez RP

Chicago Cubs

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
12%8%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
27.01-131.003510
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014CHC111.00320003327.01533221035

Player Updates

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Neil Ramirez continuing to shine in July
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez pieced together six scoreless appearances in July before the All-Star break and now owns an eight-game scoreless streak.

Ramirez has owned a season ERA under 2.00 after all but one of his appearances, and two of the three earned runs he's allowed this season have come on solo home runs, showing the Chicago reliever has been brilliant at locking things down once runners are on base. He owns a 1.05 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 34:9 K:BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings going into the second half.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1404855334
Who's next in line to close?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1403318821
Hector Rondon save bad news for Neil Ramirez
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Cubs' murky closer situation became a little clearer Friday when Hector Rondon recorded a save in only his second appearance since his extended absence for an elbow injury. He struck out two in a perfect ninth inning, looking just as dominant as he did in 24 appearances before his disastrous outing June 6 -- his last before his extended absence.

Neil Ramirez, who filled in for Rondon and who many hoped would keep the role given his impressive numbers to date, wasn't even a candidate for the ninth inning in this one. The Cubs used him in the seventh inning. He did fine, issuing one walk and recording one strikeout in a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 1.00, but how well he pitches is irrelevant in most leagues if he's not getting saves.

He's probably still the Cubs' backup plan, making him worth stashing in deeper leagues where saves are especially scarce, but given how effective Rondon was before the injury, compiling a 1.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, you shouldn't count on him blowing this chance to claim the role all for himself.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1403048005
Cubs' closer situation gets all the more confusing
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Wondering why James Russell got the save in the Cubs' extra-inning win over the Marlins Monday? Yeah, so am I.

Hector Rondon, who has been the closer most of the year, returned from a nine-day absence for an elbow injury with a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk, but the Cubs clearly didn't reserve him for a save situation, as the road team normally would its closer in an extra-inning game.

So then, they must have been reserving Neil Ramirez, right? After all, he got the save opportunities in Rondon's absence and has the more impressive numbers between the two, leading CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman to suggest on Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today that he may be more than just an injury fill-in.

But when the save opportunity came in the bottom of the 13th inning, it wasn't Ramirez who got the call, but Russell. Ramirez was well rested, too, having thrown just 11 pitches Sunday after sitting out Saturday.

Of course, the Cubs have been extra cautious with Ramirez's workload so far, which may be all there is to it. I still think he's the Cubs' reliever to own here, with Rondon a close second. Hopefully, we'll have some clarity soon.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1402960197
Neil Ramirez looks like legit closer possibility
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though I was certainly pleased to see Neil Ramirez record two saves this weekend given his work as a middle reliever so far this year, I assumed it was more of a response Hector Rondon's elbow injury than any sort of changing of the guard.

But on the first segment of Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggested the closer role may be Ramirez's to lose going forward.

That's an encouraging thought for Fantasy owners -- well, the ones who aren't heavily invested in Rondon anyway. Like I said, Ramirez, a rookie, has been outstanding in middle relief this season. Even with a shaky appearance in one of his two save opportunities this weekend, he still has a 1.06 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 19 appearances.

Of course, he has no major-league track record to speak of and was a starter for most of his minor-league career, so he still has something to prove. But among the relievers who have taken over the closer role since the start of the season, he might be the most exciting after Sean Doolittle.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Relievers 32 54.92
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs San Diego 0.200 0.00002
vs LHB 8.200 1.040611
vs RHB 18.100 0.980424
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
7/4@WAS0001.01002
7/8@CIN0001.02000
7/10@CIN0001.00001
7/11ATL0000.10001
7/13ATL0000.21000
7/18@ARI0001.01011
7/20@ARI0000.10000
Two Week Schedule
JULY /AUGUST
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
20
@Ariz
L2-3
21
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SD
W6-0
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SD
L3-8
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SD
8:05 pm
Tickets
25
StL
4:05 pm
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26
StL
4:05 pm
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27
StL
2:20 pm
Tickets
28
Colo
8:05 pm
Tickets
29
Colo
8:05 pm
Tickets
30
Colo
8:05 pm
Tickets
31
Colo
2:20 pm
Tickets
1
@LAD
10:10 pm
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@LAD
9:10 pm
Tickets
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Fantasy Points by Week
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2012TEX00 ---000000 0.00000000
2013TEX-CHC00 ---000000 0.00000000
2014CHC11 1.003200033 27.01533221035
Total 11 1.003200033 27.01533221035
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014CHC32000000000 --- --- ---
Total 32000000000 --- --- ---
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2014CHCP320321001.000
Total  320321001.000
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2012TEX000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2013TEX-CHC000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2014CHC01430 0.5020012 .160106 9.0 .2550
Total 01430 0.5020012 .160106 9.0 .2550
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2008 A-Spokane12 2.661313000 44.0251513562952
2009AFX-Hickory36 4.771814000 66.05840358144156
2010AFX-Hickory Crawdads108 4.442826100140.01507969141737142
2011AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican00 0.0011000 4.11000019
2011AAA-Round Rock Express43 3.651818000 74.0633430663586
2011AA-Frisco RoughRiders10 1.8966000 19.0134411824
2012AAA-Round Rock Express68 7.661515000 74.07865631263163
2012AA-Frisco RoughRiders25 4.201312000 49.1472623651645
2013AA-Frisco RoughRiders93 3.842121000103.07746448542127
2013AA-Tennessee Smokies00 0.0011000 4.21000025
 
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/190
Birthdate:
5/25/1989
Age:
25
Hometown:
Virginia Beach, VA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Chicago Cubs
College:

MLB Experience:
1
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